Remembering Keith Longley 1937-2018
Keith first joined the business at 22 years old in 1959 when he was put to work producing precast concrete timber moulds. Keith’s father, Charles Longley founded the company as C R Longley and Co. Ltd in 1947, as a block manufacturer.
Keith became Managing Director in 1977 and soon closed down the block making element of the business to concentrate on precast concrete. Under his direction the company thrived, developing a range of precast concrete products for the farming industry alongside pre-stressed concrete floor beams. Keith navigated the company through recessions, the foot and mouth crisis and the withdrawal of farming grants. Keith was integral in establishing the company as the leading beam manufacturer that it is now, he started selling pre-stressed t-beams direct to customers and house builders in the early 1990s and oversaw the expansion of the Dewsbury site. Keith never underestimated the importance of his loyal customers and suppliers.
Keith was keen to keep the privately-owned business in the family and son Roger joined in 1981, followed by John in 1991 and Michael 1992. Keith retired in 2002 but remained a board member to establish Michael as Managing Director, Roger as Production Director and John as Finance Director. Several of Keith’s grandchildren have also had their first work experience in the company.
Keith passed away on the 30th August and was with his loving wife Marie. Keith and Marie have enjoyed a lifetime of happiness and memories together during their 53 years of marriage. Their three sons are proud to be directors of the Longley business and will continue to grow the company, in Keith’s memory.
Keith was an astute businessman, he loved his family, he was warm, funny and kind and will be missed by everyone at Longley Concrete.