Following the Second World War and his service in the armed forces where he fought in a pivotal battle of Monte Cassino, Frank sought refuge in the UK, in a small town in the Staffordshire moorlands. Frank soon found himself working at a local business called Gush and Dent in Leek. In 1969 after many years of developing his fabrication skills, IAE was officially founded and through his strong work ethic, Frank quickly built himself a reputation among the local farming community for producing quality products that were built to last. As knowledge of his quality products spread, “that pole in leek” began to sell his products nationally.
Over the next decade IAE grew steadily. Starting with only a small yard in 1969, by 1970 Frank had already rented an additional building in the same yard. With his equalled hard working attitude Frank Klucznik’s son David joined his father at IAE. In 1973 expansion continued with the purchase of Star Mill adding a further 2500 square feet of manufacturing space along with an increased work force of 15.
With this expansion came further employment for the area, increasing the work force to 40. With an increase in factory size and manpower this allowed for advances to be made with products and services such as specialising in cattle markets. In 1988 Frank handed the reigns over to his son David, who had earned himself 17 years experience in the family business.
In 1990 an additonal factory was purchased at Milton, in the same year cattle crushes were introduced into the product range. More factory space was purchased at the Barnfields site in Leek and with more manufacturing capability came more products and in 1992 fencing production began at the Macclesfield Road site. This rapid growth continued in 1993 with the purchase of the Cheadle facility and in 1994 additional land was purchased at Cheadle. Cheadle quickly became the fencing division, allowing all fencing products to be manufactured under one roof.
Shortly after in 1997 the equestrian division was founded. Following in his fathers footsteps Frank Klucznik Jr joined his father at the family business in 1998.
By the time the decade was out, the expansion of the company had created a further 160 jobs for the local area, totalling 200 employees.
Waiting for the Mossfield road to be developed did not halt the drive to modernise and improve processes and machinery and in 2001 IAE became the first UK manufacturing end user to purchase a fully automated CNC tube laser, The potential of this machinery was soon noticed and in the year of 2002 a designated laser shop was rented at Macclesfield road to house this new machinery.
2002 saw the development of the distribution yard at Mossfield road with a total of 261,000 square feet of storage space. In 2004 further development emerged with the building of a galvanising plant and assembly division, totalling 26,000 and 36,000 square feet respectively. The building of the galvanising plant was a pivotal decision in the progression of IAE. This facility allowed IAE to control all aspects of their product with a superior quality finish and process efficiencies. ensuring there are no delays and reducing costs due to external galvanising. In 2004 progress continued at Macclesfield road in preparation of the eventual move to Mossfield road, with the purchase of IAEs first robotic welder.
2007 spelled the beginning of the vision of amalgamating all existing sites at Mossfield road when the first phase of the production division was commissioned at Mossfield road. Subsequently, in the summer of 2007 the Milton site was relocated to Mossfield Road. This was soon followed by the Barnfields site in Leek. To meet the storage requirements of the developing site at Mossfield road, a second distribution yard was constructed in 2008.
The Macclesfield road site that had served the Klucznik family so dependably for almost three decades was finally closed in 2010 after relocating to Mossfield road.
With a new site came new possibilities and in the year of 2011, significant investment was made in an automated sheet metal facility that has propelled IAE ever further forward technologically.