Fort Vale was founded in 1967 by Edward S. Fort OBE, originally manufacturing parts for the road tanker industry.
Fort Vale Engineering was established in Colne, Lancashire, UK.
The first component made was a 2 1/2” cast iron, 3-way valve for fuel oil delivery tankers supplying heating oil to residential properties.
In 1975 Fort Vale purchased larger premises in Nelson, Lancashire, UK.
With a workforce that was growing in experience and skillsets, Fort Vale expanded and improved its product range.
Ian Wilson joins Fort Vale and introduces the company's first computer - an 8k Commodore PET.
Awarded the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
Fort Vale Inc was established in Houston, USA.
Nelson's manufacturing facility was expanded by the acquisition of the Valley Mills complex.
Awarded the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement for the second time.
Ted Fort, Founder and Chairman, receives an O.B.E. for services to industry.
Fort Vale BV was established in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
South Valley Foundry was constructed and commissioned.
Fort Vale Shanghai Ltd manufacturing plant was established in China.
Fort Vale Pte Ltd was established in Singapore.
Fort Vale moves its head office and manufacturing facility to new state-of-the-art premises in Simonstone, Lancashire, UK.
Awarded the Queen’s Award For Enterprise: International Trade: 2008, Fort Vale's 3rd award.
Awarded the Queen’s Award For Enterprise: International Trade: 2013, Fort Vale's 4th award.
A new Research & Development facility was opened by HRH the Duke of Kent KG.
Fort Vale celebrates its golden 50th anniversary!
In 2017, the number of employees is over 350 people.
Fort Vale Australia Pty Ltd was established in Queensland.
The foundry was re-located to a larger, purpose-built premises in the same location as the head office and manufacturing facility.
In June 2018, Fort Vale UK opened the on-site Wilson Fort Sports Centre, a leisure facility for the health and well-being of employees. The centre includes a state-of-the-art gym, sports hall and climbing wall.