Gripple puts the art into party at 25th anniversary do

Artist Pete McKee (left) with Gripple's founder Hugh Facey (centre) at the unveiling of his painting at the works in Savile Street, Sheffield. Looking is development engineer Brian Shawcross.
Artist Pete McKee (left) with Gripple's founder Hugh Facey (centre) at the unveiling of his painting at the works in Savile Street, Sheffield. Looking is development engineer Brian Shawcross.
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One of Sheffield’s most celebrated companies staged a celebration of its own - for its 25th birthday.

Gripple commissioned Sheffield artist Pete McKee to do a painting, and young local sculptor Ian Hudson to create a two-metre stainless steel sculpture resembling the iconic fastener. They were unveiled at an event at the firm’s headquarters at the Old West Gun Works on Savile Street, Attercliffe.

Hugh Facey, who invented the device and is now Gripple chairman, and Brian Shawcross, who helped him develop it during his time as a senior engineer at Cheshire Engineering are pictured with Pete McKee.

The 350 staff also had a day off to party.