About Willis & Thornley
When it comes to design, manufacturing and the installation of chimneys, flues, silencers, storage tanks, access systems, secondary steelwork and general fabrications, you need not look no further than Willis and Thornley.
With over forty years’ experience and knowledge, service and capability, we are confident you
will find us hard to beat. From our base in the north west of England, we cover the whole of the UK and beyond, offering full export packages for all our services across the globe.
Our technical team offer unparalleled support and advise from concept, design stage through to
handover, completion and beyond, with our preventative planned maintenance packages for all
The company was established in 1969 by Richard Willis and Brian Thornley in a rented factory located on the same site as our current manufacturing facility.
In 1974, the company took the next step and became a limited company and enjoyed the highs and
lows that the 1970’s and 1980’s delivered.
In 1992, Brian Thornley retired and the same year at the age of 16, Robert Willis joined the company
as an apprentice fabricator and welder after completing his apprenticeship and serving a number of
years in the manufacturing facilities.
Robert moved into the office as a contracts engineer, eventually working his way up to contracts director and overseeing one of the companies busiest periods, including the construction of a modern manufacturing facility and securing one of the UK’s largest steel chimney project in
central London with a value of £3million.
In 2018, Richard Willis retired and Willis and Thornley became part of the Jeremias Group with
Robert Willis stepping up to the role of Managing Director and with the assistance of the newly
appointed directors, they will be guiding the company through the transition into a multi-national
business and the expansion that is planned.
Still not convinced? Get in touch with our sales team for any more information or questions that you might have. Simply, fill in our online contact form or give us a call directly on 01253 764330