Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Co Ltd, of Darlington
of 25 Victoria Street, London, SW1
of Darlington (1961)
1790 Company founded which became Whessoe Foundry Co Ltd.
1930 Exclusive manufacturing arrangement for the US McKee oil refinery and blast furnace equipment in Britain.
1931 Instituted a research department
1934 Developed electrostatic precipitator for cleaning gases.
1937 Manufacturers of petrol and water storage tanks and weighbridges.
1938 In addition to tanks (which were the largest area of turnover), various new lines of business had been developed over the years including gas cleaning for blast furnaces, and for coke oven gas in association with Woodham-Duckham Co, and electric arc welding. Had negotiated licence with Chicago Bridge and Iron Co for spheroidal tanks for light petroleum products for which the company, in conjunction with Motherwell Bridge and Engineering Co, would be appointed licensees for British Empire excl Canada.
WWII Produced more than half of the underground petrol storage tanks needed by the services, hulls for Churchill tanks and tank landing craft as well as parts for Mulberry Harbour (Whale), Fido and Pluto, as well as bombs and other munitions.
1945 Name changed to Whessoe Ltd.
1954 Building 2 nuclear reactor vessels for Calder Hall; finished a second wind tunnel for the National Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford.
1959 Delivered the first liquid methane storage tank made from aluminium.
1961 Engineers, builders and designers of capital plant for oil, atomic power, gas and chemical industries. Manufacturers of marine gauges and "Telepulse" gauging systems. 1,500 employees.
1961 Agreement with Selas Corporation of USA to licence oil heaters and other process units.
1964 First British order received for a steam naptha reforming plant (for making town gas) using the ICI process which was licensed to Selas Corporation.
1974 Made losses on fixed-price contracts for N Sea oil work.
Sources of Information
- The Times, 19 May 1920
- The Times, 3 January 1931
- The Times, 12 June 1931
- The Times 20 June 1934
- The Times, 26 June 1937
- The Times, 27 June 1938
- The Times, 13 July 1945
- The Times, 7 July 1954
- The Times, 4 July 1955
- The Times, 22 June 1959
- The Times, 3 July 1961
- The Times, 2 July 1962
- The Times, 20 November 1962
- The Times, 14 September 1964
- The Times, 17 February 1966
- The Times, 27 April 1967
- The Times, 22 March 1968
- The Times, 10 December 1968
- The Times, 17 February 1973