Posted on: 24 October 2018

The town of Northampton is well known for producing some of the best shoes in the world. We were delighted when we were asked by high end shoe-makers, Foster & Son, to help provide them with our door solutions at their new factory in the county.

Foster & Son have been creating their beautiful shoes and boots for 178 years and are one of the oldest-established custom shoe and bootmakers in the World. Each individual pair of shoes is made to the Customer's requirements by a team of skilled craftsmen and women, with no two pairs being exactly the same.


A new factory presented plenty of new opportunities for the business, but it was important to ensure that the security was, like their shoes, of the utmost quality. The premises at the time had an old style Roller Shutter in place, but there were some issues with keeping the building warm for those working inside it. After enlisting the help of our Surveyors, a new Roller Shutter was recommended with additional insulation. Made of a strong galvanised steel curtain, our Roller Shutters provide optimal safety for a premises, along with ease of use for those in the building during opening hours. The insulation design to the Roller Shutter also means that heat is kept in and the cold is kept out, making for a warmer (and happier!) workforce.   

Our Engineers were soon on site to remove the previous door and install a fully secure, brand new Roller Shutter, all in time for the factory’s grand opening. The opening is taking place on the one and only St Crispin’s Day – The Patron Saint of Shoemaking.


“Opening up our new factory has been very exciting for us, and also presented lots of challenges,” said Matthew Allen of Foster & Son, “to have Stanair provide the door solution for us so efficiently has helped us overcome one of those challenges – they’ve been great to work with.”

We look forward to the factory launch and wish the Foster & Son team a successful move!

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