Moorwood Vulcan banished to catering equipment graveyard

Manitowoc factory, Sheffield

The ‘stop’ button has been pressed on the production of Moorwood Vulcan cooking equipment in the UK after Manitowoc confirmed that it is axing the brand from its portfolio.  

Manitowoc said it has “reluctantly” taken the decision to cease manufacturing the brand, which has 150 years of history behind it and was assembled at its factory in Sheffield. The brand joined Manitowoc in 1998, when it was then Enodis.

Moorwood Vulcan will be a familiar name to many who have spent their career in the catering equipment industry but the brand has faced increased competition over the years. Internally its success has also been overtaken by Manitowoc’s Merrychef brand, which is made at the same plant. Manitowoc  Moorwood Vulcan MVR6 6

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Steve Hemsil, sales director for the UK and Ireland at Manitowoc, said the decision to pull the plug had been made with a heavy heart.

“It will be extremely sad to see such a historic and well-loved brand no longer be part of the UK catering equipment industry, however, as a company with innovation and technology at its core Moorwood Vulcan sadly no longer fits with the overall Manitowoc identity and therefore the decision has been taken to retire the brand from our portfolio. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly as it is such an iconic British brand which is highly respected within the industry for its no nonsense, simple, robust build and its reliability.”

Manufacturing of the brand officially ceased on Friday, with full discontinuation coming into effect by the end of 2016.

The move will allow the current factory to focus entirely on Merrychef, and all staff will be trained in the Merrychef development and manufacturing process. Manitowoc expects the change to lead to increased production for Merrychef equipment.

Mr Hemsil insisted that current owners of Moorwood Vulcan kit would not be left without support following the brand’s departure.

“Customers of Moorwood Vulcan equipment can be assured that Manitowoc Foodservice will continue to meet and exceed its statutory requirements to support and service the brand, as part of Manitowoc Foodservice’s on-going commitment. As such we expect Moorwood Vulcan to remain a familiar sight in kitchens up and donw the country for years to come,” he said.

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  1. Yet another sad day and as we leave Europe to stand alone We lose a great name and an excellent product range within that banner Jackson Boilers, Topchoice , Rangemaster, Masterchef, Electroway, Gasway , M-Line Sadia even that horrid Gemini
    And The great characters who worked there
    Good Night to all

  2. So sad to see the demise of Moorwood Vulcan, its the end of an era!
    They were a big competitor of Radiation, who I joined 50 years ago this year and during my formative years have known both the high,s and low,s of competing with them.
    However in 1998 when I was then MD of Wellbuilt (later Enodis) I got to know their teams and particularly their MD Mick Shaddock and I can honestly say, I have never met a more professional and likeable group of people.
    They will be sorely missed. Certainly by me!

    1. Hello Roger, Yes it is sad. Very nice people. I was a London service engineer. 1969 to 1976.I was very happy to work for MV,
      I think that we belonged to Valor at the time.Mr Rudd and Bill Smith were in charge.Everything was running like clockwork, but then we ,the service section were handed over to Tack. It all went downhill then. All of the south England engineers left.within two months. Tack had trouble finding engineers.
      I started up on my own servicing and supplying equipment.Later MV asked me to do work for them which I did.
      Happy days at MV, good people, lovely countryside.What more could I wish for ?.

      1. Dear Mr Collier
        I came across the web site when I was browsing and looked up Moorwood Vulcan and was delighted when I read your comments and they included my fathers name Mr. Rudd. I have very happy memories of going into work with my dad when it was stock taking time and looking around the large factory and offices. I was in contact until quite recently with my dads secretary Carol Mcgrath as she had remained a family friend but sadly we have lost touch now. Mr dad passed away many years ago but I still remember his stories of working at Moorwoods and the happy times there.
        Thank you for your comments they meant a lot to me.
        Yours sincerely
        Sue Rudd-Fox

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