1st Cabin built in the evenings on Frank’s Drive
Legend has it that in Spring 1979 Frank Rothwell built his first cabin, after a full days graft, on the drive of his family home. He sold it after a single advert in the classifieds of the Oldham Evening Chronicle. Following this success, he built another one and also sold it after one night in the classifieds. Unsurprisingly, the neighbours complained to the council because of the enthusiastic hammering, but Frank now had the belief that he could make a success of manufacturing cabins.
While called “Frank Rothwell Plant Hire” Frank rented a garage near Fielding Mill , Radclyffe Street, Middleton, Manchester to manufacture Cabins. 5th April 1979 Frank employed David Proctor who has had uninterrupted service to this day.
Relocate to Manchester – 1st Cabin in Hire Fleet – 1st Hiab
1984 proved to be a significant year. Frank Rothwell Plant Hire was renamed Manchester Cabins and the first commercial property was purchased: 688 Oldham Road, Miles Platting, Manchester. Manchester Cabins quickly expanded into adjacent properties, formally Louis Edwards Meat Factory. With this acquisition came the current Boardroom table where it is believed that Louis Edwards signed George Best for Manchester United. Also the 1st hire cabin entered into the Hire Fleet and the 1st Wagon Mounted Hiab Crane was purchased.
Exponential Growth – 25,000 sq ft Purpose Built Factory
To cater for the exponential expansion a 25,000sq.ft. purpose built factory was built on Drewett Street, Miles Platting. In 1987 a revolutionary method of construction was introduced where the walls were prepared on a press and injected with Polyurethane foam instead of the traditional stud walls and polystyrene sheet insulation.
Delayed Move to new 52,000 sq ft Factory – 1st Bunkabin is designed
In November 1989 the first spade was sunk for a 52,000 sq.ft. purpose-built factory again in Miles Platting on the Junction of Oldham Road and Hulme Hall Lane. Unfortunately demand for cabins was hit significantly during the recession so we delayed moving in until 1992. The Bunkabin was designed and proved to be an instant success.
Focus on Hire of Cabins, Bunkabins and Car Parks!
Once the strategic decision was made to manufacture predominantly for Manchester Cabins and Bunkabin’s hire fleets, a smaller factory was required. We re-located to Tweedale Way, Oldham at a great strategic location just off junction 22 of the M60. Frank also pioneers Portable Multi-storey Car parks and sets up Another Level Car Parks.