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New Foundry Coming in 2025-


We would be delighted to announce our plans for a new 18 million pound investment into our Dronfield site which will see a new foundry be built in 2025. We have invested heavily to make massive upgrades to our Dronfield foundries such as the capacity increasing by 250 tonnes per week and the amount of moulds per hour increasing to 180, plus the new foundry will feature high end tech whilst being energy efficient which will reduce our overall costs.



Dronfield Gala


As part of our ethos to support our local community, William Lee make our car park available for use during the Dronfield Gala held at Cliffe Park.  Dronfield Town Council thank us every year which we appreciate! We wish them many more years of organising the Dronfield Gala!

WM Lee apprentice, Richard Jowitt receives award from ICME


In 2021, Richard was awarded the ‘Worshipful Company of Ironmongers ‘Best Student Award’ by the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.  We were proud to accompany Richard at the Institute’s Annual Award Luncheon to see him receive this very prestigious award.

Richard Jowitt

We are a certified member of MAKE


Name the robots competition


We recently held a competition for local school children to name a robot in William Lees process shop. School children from all the local schools had the chance to have the name of their choice on a plaque situated on the robot.  Installed in November 2017, the robots have been a vital

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A William Lee Christmas!

Wm Lee is an Iron Foundry on Callywhite Lane, a manufacturer of cast iron parts for the commercial truck, automotive, rail and agricultural industry.  We employ over 400 people and approximately 75% of our employees live less than 5 miles away.
When we were invited to join the Christmas Tree Festival we decided to use what we manufacture  –  iron castings!  Chris Hall (in the photo) our fabricator/welder, who lives locally, turned our creative ideas into a reality. 

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Our latest news releases – 

WM Lee Launches it’s new website


Wm Lee has launched its new look website, Now with the ability to apply for our apprenticeship scheme, see current vacancies & get more of a background on my company!

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Here come the Robots!


As Dronfield’s largest employer, Wm Lee has provided work for generations of local folk dating way back to the mid-19th century. However, the Callywhite Lane foundry has now taken on eight workers who are like no others. They work around the clock, don’t take tea or toilet breaks, never go on holidays and they have no need to wear expensive safety boots. These workers are robots.

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