Our history can be traced back to 1978 when our founder, Mr John C. Lyon’s employer at that time, had asked its staff for ideas to utilise an empty part of their shed. Offering a £50-00 reward for any suitable ideas the company took on.

A chance discussion with a local scrap merchant who was dropping a skip off to be filled with rubbish had given Mr Lyon (a skilled welder/fabricator) his idea… skip & waste container manufacture!

However, upon reflection Mr Lyon decided the idea was too good to pass over to his employer for just £50-00 & decided to go it alone & utilise the idea for himself… Soon after MJL Welding & Fabrication was born…

From humble beginnings building skips & recycling units in a small garage, to the 8 acre site MJL occupies today, Mr Lyon against all odds built a substantial business empire serving many of the top waste service providers across the UK & further afield.

With a determination to succeed, & an eagerness to raise & maintain the quality & service level within the industry – Mr Lyon’s MJL went from strength to strength.

Registering stringent design Patents & I.P. protection for improvements to the MJL container design & constantly striving for perfection it’s no wonder MJL’s front end loader (F.E.L.) is widely considered ‘best in the market’…. Setting a benchmark others aspire to follow!


A lot has changed within the business over the last 40 years, technology has advanced & manufacturing techniques have changed significantly, but the quality, service & integrity instilled from all those years ago still remain as the backbone of everything we do.

Our experienced loyal workforce (several of whom have been with us from inception), have a wealth of waste related knowledge having encountered almost every issue the waste industry could have thrown at them.

Over 3 decades on from start up in 2014, after a long successful career, having built the MJL container brand John Lyon took a step back from the business & Stephen Hoppe took over the role of managing director, during which time he made numerous improvements & successfully took the business forward into the digital world of the 21st century.

However after 3 years at the helm, 2017 saw Stephen Hoppe decide to move onto ‘pastures new’, at which point John Lyon  retired from the business & Lee Slayven was appointed as the new managing director. With a remit of further expansion, streamlining & progressing the business into new market areas.

2020 saw the merger of Blast Off!! Services (Spalding) Ltd & MJL Skipmaster Ltd. This strategic acquisition will assist in streamlining all activities. We believe the the natural symmetry between the two companies helps to further strengthen the MJL brand.