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1965 Henry Hope and Sons merged with Crittall Manufacturing Co of Braintree, Essex, another firm which made metal windows, doors, and casements, to form Crittall-Hope Ltd. Braintree became the new company's headquarters and the Halford Works its Smethwick Division. The merger escaped reference to the Monopolies Commission because the proposals stemmed from before the Commission was established, even though the combine would have 40 percent of the UK market for metal-framed windows
1967 the AGM was told the margin of 5 percent was too low for the type of business which only turned over its stock twice a year. Acquired John Gibbs Ltd, window makers of Birmingham, and the minority interest held by John Thompsons in the subsidiary Doorframes Ltd; acquired Architectural Aluminium Ltd, part of the Pillar Group.
1968 Slater, Walker Securities acquired a large part of the shareholding of Crittall-Hope. The two separate businesses were merged, which resulted in plant closures and redundancies, and the resulting business was expanded into aluminium windows and extrusions
1971 Slater Walker sold Crittall-Hope, the last of its industrial interests, to Butterley Engineering Industries, of which a majority was owned by Slater Walker; the new group would be called Crittall-Hope Engineering.
1973 Acquired crane maker, Adamson Alliance, British subsidiary of Alliance Machine of USA, which complemented the existing subsidiary Butterley Engineering; the two companies supplied 38 cranes to British Steel's Anchor Works at Scunthorpe