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Gordon Ellis History in Healthcare

Our company began in the 1800s and was originally involved in construction. During cold winters the skilled workforce came indoors and manufactured the wooden stairs, doors, window frames etc ready for the Spring. They became so skilled at woodworking that they began supplying other companies and stopped the construction business.

The company was located on the banks of the canal and its raw materials were delivered by canal barge and despatched in fleet of horse-drawn carts.

This is Bill and Elaine Ellis from 1980 exhibiting a brand new invention, the Derby plastic raised toilet seat.

The first products for the healthcare market were wooden stool frames for the Blind Institute. Some time later the market demanded raised toilet seats for people who difficultly in rising from the toilet. Firstly made with wooden blocks, then in polyurethane foam; and now in high quality hygienic plastics.
From there a full range of products has been developed to help older and disabled people to retain their independence and their dignity.

The early beginnings in healthcare predisposed the company to produce top quality rotational mouldings. Today we have a team of over 120 people, still making products in the UK at our factory near Derby.
We are very proud of our reputation for high quality products, which now includes furniture raisers and commode chairs.

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