The Rutland approach is rooted in our commitment to helpful service and elegant engineering. All our products are tested by UKAS approved Third Party test bodies. Optimised for design, performance and reliability, with continual innovation to make them faster and easier to fit.
Our flexible service eliminates hassle in your supply chain and ensures you get exactly what you need in line with your project requirements and timescales. We advise from spec through to installation to ensure you have the perfect door control based on your required use and the surrounding environment and aesthetics.
Rutland’s history goes back to 1930 with an engineer named JC Hughes. He started a business designing steel reinforcing for concrete structures at coal washing plants and collieries across the UK.
During World War II, JC Hughes & Partners was loaned to the Army division of Highly Skilled Engineers to help in the war effort.
They designed the steel reinforcing that went into the floating concrete harbour sections towed across the English Channel to aid in the D-Day operation. The sections were chained together to make a floating road to get trucks, tanks, artillery and men from ship to shore.
David Hughes became the second generation in the business. JC Hughes & Partners expanded in the construction and built environment industries over the following years, capitalising on David’s expertise in engineering design.
In 1976 they renamed the business Structural Design Services – later shortened to SDS. More members of the Hughes family joined SDS in the ensuing years, and the company developed an expertise in architectural ironmongery.
By 1994 the architectural ironmongery side of the company had grown so much that it had become a business in its own right.
The third generation of the Hughes family joined the business and it expanded rapidly, moving to a new 25,000 square foot facility.
The business was firmly established as a key UK manufacturer of door closers, working with architects, architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchants, door manufacturers and others.
Rutland was born as a new company, and the business continued to increase its market share.
We expanded outside of Europe for the first time, developing distribution capabilities in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Rutland is a global door control manufacturer, helping architects, architectural ironmongers, door manufacturers, builders’ merchants and end users in Europe, the US, Canada, the West Indies, India, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
The company now has its fourth generation of the Hughes family and has a growing international team.