About Us


Located in Meare, near Glastonbury in Somerset, MIDDLETON Engineering was formed in 1975 by the Proprietors, Ashley and Joan Middleton.

Initially, the Company specialised in the design and production of equipment for the horticultural peat processing industry, a high proportion of which was centred in and around the Glastonbury area.

A reputation for quality of work, excellent service and design innovation quickly established Middleton Engineering as a major supplying force within the industry, both nationally and worldwide.

By the early eighties, Middleton Engineering had taken its expertise into the waste processing industry. A range of paper baling presses had been developed and were finding wide acceptance within the waste paper and packaging industries. Again, quality of service and workmanship, coupled with a problem solving design approach quickly established the Middleton Engineering as a significant supplier in this field.

Further expansion into the recycling market occurred in 1988 with the acquisition of the baling press interest of Scapa Engineering, one of the longest established British manufacturers of press and baling products.

Today, Middleton Engineering is a major force supplying the waste recycling industry. Additionally, the company offers a sub contract supply facility in the production of hydraulic cylinders and rams to special order and design.

With a total Company culture which dictates that customer’s needs are paramount, Middleton Engineering will continue to enhance its reputation as problem solving, customer and service orientated specialist engineers.

Nobody knows more about industrial balers than we do, so give us a call today on 01458 860264 and one of our team will take you through your options.

                             “EXPERIENCE | INNOVATION | SKILL | KNOW HOW”                              


Ashley Middleton


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After hands on practical 6 yr Apprenticeship at C & J Clark working in every aspect of engineering in running a number of large factories and responsibilities for both manufacturing of new inventive machines and maintaining large production areas.

A request came in 1975 from a long time acquaintance who wished to buy a baling press IF he had “a good engineer to care for it”. Ashley trained in Sweden at the factory, building, fault finding and maintenance.

In 1988, Ashley purchased the last British Baling Co, Scapa. From working with and studying all types of baling presses Middleton Engineering now manufacture an entire range of machines fully completed “in house”.

And of course, we train our own Apprentices. Offering three year courses in machining, fabrication, hydraulics and electronics.

Joan Middleton


Joan is a co-founder of Middleton Engineering, joining from Clarks in 1977. In the beginning, Joan supported Ashley assisting wherever possible. Her responsibilities grew and her position included book keeping, invoicing and payroll.

In 1985, Joan’s role developed into that of company secretary attending all board meetings and giving direction to company planning.

Today, Joan is enjoying a very active role within the company aiding and supporting where possible. The most satisfying role is the valuable work she does with the apprentices. Offering guidance with their written work, helping with projects and even driving them to college if they overslept and missed the bus!

Mark Smith


Working with Middleton’s since 1992. He was initially employed as a Service Engineer, on many types of machines. Mark completed a practical Electrical/Electronic Apprenticeship, gaining distinction in General Engineering with Merit in electronic systems & principles.

Mark has worked with the Manufacturing Sector of the H & S Executive for a consultation draft for mechanical safety required for the design, construction and use of compacting machines used in the waste, recycling and retail industries. Mark’s abilities and knowledge are a huge asset in the design and production of our range of machinery.

Mark is still actively involved in the design, installation and commissioning of Middleton’s  equipment on Customer sites and constantly improving our service, safety procedures and training.

Richard Turner


Training in the cycle industry. Coming to Middleton Engineering in 1988 when Scapa was purchased, setting up the new storage facility to cover all areas of our work Richard is now Service coordinator. Organizing Contracts, Service teams and Liaising with stores and, with customers for service, rebuilds and repairs.

Steve Higgs


Trained as a mechanic. Steve came to our Company in June ‘94. Taking charge of stores. Keeping track of stock levels, for service work, repairs and rebuilds. Entering and checking work through the machine shop. He leads our service teams and ensures that all refurbishment work is completed to a very high standard.