The Middleton Engineering Team

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 expanded its expertise into the waste processing industry. They had developed a range of paper baling presses  that 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 1988 further expansion into the recycling market occurred, with the acquisition of the baling press interest of one of the longest established British manufacturers of press & baling products,  Scapa Engineering.  Today, Middleton Engineering is a major force supplying the waste recycling industry. In Addition, the company offers a sub contract supply facility in the production of hydraulic cylinders and rams built to customers design.

Middleton Engineering is a company that believe its customer’s needs are paramount, they strive to enhance their reputation as problem solvers, providing a service to the industry with specialist engineers who are customer and service orientated. Nobody knows more about industrial balers than we do, so give us a call on, 01458 860264 and one of our team will take you through your options.



Ashley Middleton


Ashley Middleton Managing Director

After a 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.

In 1975, a long-time acquaintance wished to buy a baling press, but only if he had “a good engineer to care for it”. So, Ashley went to Sweden to train at the factory, studying; building, fault finding and maintenance of these machines.

In 1988, Middletons 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”.

Joan Middleton


Joan Middleton

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

In 1985, Joan’s role developed into that of company secretary, attending  board meetings and giving direction to company planning. Today, Joan is still enjoying a very active role within the company giving her guidance, knowledge and expertise to staff.

Mark Smith


Mark Smith

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

Mark has worked with the Manufacturing Sector of the H & S Executive, producing a consultation draft for mechanical safety requirement 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, he is still actively involved in the design, installation and commissioning of Middleton’s  equipment on Customer sites and is constantly improving our service, safety procedures and training.

Richard Turner


Richard Turner

Trained in the cycle industry, Richard came 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 customers for service, rebuilds and repairs.

Steve Higgs


Steve, who is a trained Mechanic, came to our Company in June 1994.  Taking charge of stores, he keeps 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.