Goodrick Gear Co Ltd was established in 1946 by my grandfather, Henry Goodall. Henry had been foreman at Moss Gear in Birmingham and gear superintendent at Daimler Aero engine factory in Coverntry from 1938 to 1946. Shortly afterwards, in 1947, he was joined by his son-in-law (my father) Geoff Pickerill.

The company started trading from Morville Street in Ladywood and then moved to Watville Road in Smethwick. The company prospered, supplying businesses such as Benfords of Warwick, Park Bros of Blackburn, Aveling Barford of Grantham, GEC and Bellis & Morcom. Larger premises were needed and a move to a larger, custom built factory took place in 1966. The work force grew to 25+ employees.

I joined the firm in 1976 and spent a few years in the early 80’s working in South Africa as a works manager for a large Johannesburg gear manufacturer.

In recent years, the company has adapted to the economic changes that are now shaping the British engineering industry. We are now smaller and more focused on what we do best: Offering gear solutions from concept, through design, to manufacture.