Midland Canal Centre was established in 1986 when Stenson Marina was acquired, along with a small hire fleet, by Eddie & Marion Baldwin. Their two sons, Dean and Paul, joined the family business and today run the production and repair of boats at Stenson.
Marine servicing was introduced and boatbuilding quickly followed. The fully integrated boatbuilding operation evolved when the existing boat fitting workshops were complemented with the setting up of a 5000sq.ft steel fabrication workshop producing steel hulls.
The reputation of Stenson Boats has been built on providing quality and good value for money, a successful formula still adopted by our business today. MCC have lead the way in introducing technology into a traditional craft industry with CNC plasma cutting of steel and CNC routers optimisimg efficiency in wood machining whilst maintaining traditional craft skills. In 2011 further wood working machinery was purchased with more advances in quality and efficiency.
With the ongoing increase in travel costs and committment to environment, recent focus has centred on providing more waterside recreation for the local region. The Lock Cottage coffee shop was the first step in this development, with the provision of refreshments for walkers and visitors to Stenson Lock and the adjacent canal. A Day hireboat was introduced to provide first steps into boating on the canals and allow people to obtain first hand experience of the canals and spend a few moments in a bygone age.
A policy of friendly and attentative service for all our customers is commensurate with what is expected from a family run business - and one which Midland Canal Centre will continue to deliver.