A Little Bit of History!

Founded during the mid 1960's

KB Reinforcements was founded during the mid 1960’s by Kenneth Buckley and operated from Parbans, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, Manchester as agents for the London Mesh Manufacturer, Johnsons.

It moved to 12 Swinbourne Grove, Withington Manchester (Burns-Anderson Ltd, Offices), supplying an on site service of cut, bent and fixed reinforcing bar. It was primarily involved in advanced bridgework contracts during building of the M6 in Cumbria, the M61 and the M62. In 1968 it ceased site work and moved to factory premises at Bridge Street, Swinton, Manchester before coming to its present location in Boothstown in 1971.

Kenneth Buckley’s hobbies were photography and sailing at Abersoch. He lived in Anglesey and died in 1995. Over the years K B Reinforcements has been owned by several companies including:

  • Burns-Anderson Ltd
  • Richardson Bros
  • Akeler Group
  • Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd

A private independent company

On 1st March 2008 it returned to being a private independent limited company.

Its name has also evolved over the years, starting as:
K B Reinforcements (Manchester) Ltd, changing to:
K B Reinforcements Ltd, then to:
K B Reinforcements (Northern) Ltd, and now to its current name of:
K B Rebar Limited.

This latest name and new logo is part of a plan to give the well established name of K B a fresh new image to show it is continually evolving and ready to take on the future. On this page is a selection of old photographs charting various aspects of the company’s history. The black and white photos were taken by Kenneth Buckley.

Then & Now