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Balfour and Darwins

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Manufacturers and dealers in iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, powders, ceramics, machinery tools and magnets, of Sheffield

1961 Company formed by merging Arthur Balfour and Darwins Group of Sheffield. About 75 percent of the products were similar[1]. Initially a private company, by September was publically quoted.

1966 Announced plans to build a new bar mill in Sheffield which would be used to rationalize production and replace older mills of 3 of the company's subsidiaries: Sheffield Forge and Rolling Mills Co, Andrews Toledo, C. Meadows[2]

1968 Sheffield Rolling Mills was formed as a company jointly owned by British Steel, Balfour and Darwins (38%) and James Neill Holdings (17%) to operate the Tinsley Park bar mills at Sheffield, which were 5 years old; the private sector companies would transfer work there from their older plant[3]

1974 British Steel bought out its partners in Sheffield Rolling Mills[4]

During the early 1970's Balfour and Darwins was taken over by Edgar Allen and Co.

The company became known as Edgar Allen Balfour.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 07, 1961
  2. The Times, Jul 08, 1966
  3. The Times (London, England), Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
  4. The Times, Apr 27, 1974