1853: Based in the suburb on the north-east of the town, Ball Haye Green, Nelson Street was laid out in 1853 as part of the Ball Haye estate.

1942: In 1942, the Marling Mills factory was part of The Cooperative Society up until 1964, where each of the societies involved provided the Coop with products to sell in hundreds of Coop stores. The Cooperative Society was owned by the Rochdale Pioneers.

1948: You can see photos of the Marling Mills factory from this flight in 1948, almost 70 years ago.

Offices in the 1990’s

1960: Miller Weblift was formed

1961: This video walks us through the coop factory in 1961 that produced a wide range of knitwear including jumpers, cardigans and tank-tops. The garments flew off the production lines as the cones and bobbins whirled through miles of yarn. The skilled workers hand-cut patterns with darting scissors at the Co-operative Society works, manufacturing Leeknit for the Lanfield range of knitwear. A fashion show amongst the machines brings these, now desirably vintage, patterns and styles to life and shows that there’s a woolly for every member of the family. The video then goes to the division in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent where the garments are finished.

Early 1960’s: An entrepreneur Peter Held teamed up with the dye works of Eric Bridge, the company then became known as Alberton Limited where the factory began to produce narrow fabric webbing.

1963: Marling Leek was formed

Late 1960s: Our PP webbing was used by Miller Weblift producing small lifting slings but Miller Weblift needed something innovative. Using a new thesis of ‘Unitarization’, the Cloverlift was invented. Subsequently, a big expansion began with companies including Marling & Evans and Marlin PLC. It was from these companies, Marling Leek got its name. (Companies house says 1963)

1990s: With the increasing safety legislation, the firm’s business doubled overnight when rear seatbelts were introduced. All of the webbing produced at the factory has been subject to stringent testing since the beginning – destruction tests show it to be so strong that the seatbelt buckle breaks before the webbing.

1998: Ridgegear was formed.

Offices in the 1990’s

Offices in the 1990’s

Loom producing seatbelt webbing

Loom producing seatbelt webbing

Webbing being put to the test in our laboratories, here is a worker conducting a strength test

Webbing being put to the test in our laboratories, here is a worker conducting a strength test

For over 50 years, Marling has manufactured the most comprehensive range of high quality webbing used for seatbelts, straps and lashings available on today’s market. We are also one of the only manufacturers in the UK to produce webbing right through from the basic yarn to the finished product, thus enhancing our technical ability and development expertise.


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01538 384 108

Marling Leek Limited
Nelson Street
ST13 6BB


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