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Chamberlin and Hill

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of Chuckery Foundry, Walsall, and Phoenix Foundry, Lichfield

1888 Company established.

1903 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Ironfounders. Specialities: small repetition work, fine annealed castings, electrical and speciality soft work. [1]

1920 Acquired by the Bather family

1946 Floated as a public company with majority family holding.

1965 Light grey iron founders; reported business at similar level to previous year[2]

1967 Sir Frederick Scopes, chairman, expressed concern about the competition expected from the soon-to-be nationalised steel industry[3].

1967 63rd AGM[4]

1968 Acquired Phoenix Foundry (Bloxwich) and its associated companies to broaden the company's business by including malleable castings[5]

1977 Acquired Platt Malleable Castings, malleable iron founder, and its subsidiary Arthur Morgan (Engineers), maker of conduit fittings and accessories[6]

1979 First non-foundry acquisitions

1979 Acquired the Solenoids and Regulators

1986 Acquired Fitter and Poulton[7]

1987 Profits rising[8]

By 1989 Had acquired Fred Duncombe[9]

1999 Acquired Russell Ductile Castings

2007 Name changed to Chamberlin plc

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times November 1, 1965
  3. The Times, June 9, 1967
  4. The Times, June 30, 1967
  5. The Times, August 22, 1968
  6. The Times January 7, 1977
  7. The Times, December 3, 1986
  8. The Times, November 28, 1987
  9. The Times, November 28, 1989