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American Machine and Foundry Co

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1964.

c.1900 Company founded

1950s: Maker of leisure-time products for the consumer, and atomic and electromechanical equipment for industry and defence[1]

AMF International was based in London

1962 Frederick Braby Group made evaporators for the Maxim division of AMF International which supplied them for the "Transvaal Castle" [2]

1968 AMF International had British subsidiaries [3]:

  • AMF Beaird-Belfast made gas equipment
  • Manufacturing bowling equipment at Whitstable
  • Making tobacco machinery at Andover
  • Making electrical products at Oxford
  • Making Industrial and Food Machinery
  • Making Recreational equipment

1965 AMF International was making tobacco machinery at Andover (AMF Legg) and Racliffe-on-Trent (AMF Hamblin)m and filter and evaporators at Reading[4]

1967 AMF International acquired part of the Shorts Brothers and Harland plant in Belfast to make pressure vessels for LPG storage[5]

1970 Acquired Venner; the US parent also made time switches[6]

1970 Cuno Filter Division made filtration equipment at Reading[7]

1985 Parent company AMF was acquired through hostile takeover by Minstar Inc., a Minneapolis-based holding company, which then sold off various divisions.[8]

1992 AMF International was put into liquidation[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 23, 1960
  2. The Times, Jan 18, 1962
  3. The Times, Oct 10, 1968
  4. The Times, Oct 29, 1965
  5. The Times , Apr 25, 1967
  6. The Times, Mar 05, 1970
  7. The Times Oct 09, 1970
  8. Wikipedia
  9. The Times, January 24, 1992