Frank began his working life as a butcher but soon moved into the construction industry, serving his apprenticeship as a banker mason. He served his time cutting and dressing stone with Hopkins based in Stockport. Working on piecework rates, he soon gained a reputation for the quality of his work.
When the 2nd world war broke out, Frank joined George Wimpey and worked on the construction and repair of RAF runways up and down the country. After the war, Frank started his own Civil Engineering business. Working in the private sector, mainly subcontracting to established companies such as Fram, George Wimpey, Hopkins and Vessey, he employed up to 40 men in the post war years.
Frank’s sons, Michael and Frank, joined him in the 1950’s. Whilst carrying out some subcontract kerbing and flagging works on the A6 in Stockport, Frank was approached by Stockport Council to carry out some contracts in the public sector.
Frank’s quality of work for Stockport Council provided the opportunity for the Company to secure work from Hazel Grove & Bramhall Urban District Council, and in turn others such as Cheadle & Gatley Urban District Council.
At this time the business was operating from the family home in Barmouth Street in Bradford, Manchester. Frank moved the family and the business to Heaton Moor, Stockport and rented a small yard at the rear of Brewer & Turnbull Removals on London Road in Hazel Grove. He then purchased some cottages in John Street, Hazel Grove and turned them into offices.
Frank formed the current Company, FJ Goodwin & Sons (Manchester) Ltd, and incorporated it in February 1963.
Tragically, Frank died of a heart attack on 13th March 1965, aged 49.
Frank’s sons, Michael, Frank and Sean, immediately took over the running of the business and continued to work very successfully in both the public and private sector on a variety of projects in and around Stockport and Greater Manchester.
During the following years, the Company expanded and acquired the premises of Brewer & Turnbull, Gosling’s and a row of houses fronting London Road in Hazel Grove. The houses have since been converted into modern offices and form the Company’s current base of operations in Hazel Grove.