Our Story

At the forefront of Cardboard tubes since 1872

The story of Stell begins with one of classic Victorian entrepreneurialism

Our Story 

John Stell, our founder, designed and built an automatic tube winding machine which gave him an immediate competitive advantage for the supply of cardboard tubes. In 1872, 27 year old John set-up in partnership with his younger brother-in-law, Joseph Jackson and his father’s friend Charles Lister. Lister, Stell and Jackson, wool combers and paper tube makers, were henceforth based at Worth Mill in Keighley and so began our 150  years of cardboard tube manufacture.

In 1892 the business purchased its Holme Mills site which became its home for the following 123 years. The business rode the boom in local Yorkshire and Lancashire textile manufacturing and as this market declined then died, it was able to diversify into making cardboard tubes for modern packaging and converting industries and now, latterly, with retail packaging following the birth of its Encircle Packaging division in 2022.

In 2015 we moved to our new purpose-built factory situated off the Keighley by-pass on Royd Ings Avenue. With 100,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space, this site gives the business great scope for further growth and development.

Having successfully weathered a multitude of political and economic storms (two world wars, the great depression, Brexit, Covid to name just a few!) we’re confident that today it has the scale, structure and skills to meet and sustain all of our customers’ needs whatever they may be and however challenging the circumstances.

Talk to Sam Stell, the 5th generation of the Stell family involved in the business, or any of the team, and you can immediately see the knowledge, focus, intensity, dedication and sense of responsibility that everyone at Stell feels for the business and for its customers.

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