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Economic Gas Boiler Co

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March 1939. Gas washing machine

Economic Gas Boiler Co, of Junction Mills, Burnley, Lancashire. Telephone: 3305. Telegraphic Address: "Bluboilers" Economic Group, of Cowley Mill Road, Uxbridge (1971)

1922 Company founded.

1932 Patent - Improvements relating to taps or cocks.

1936 Public company.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Gas Boilers and Washing Machines. Full variety of Round and Octagon Patterns, including Galvanized, Coloured and Grey Mottled Enamelled Finishes. The well-known "Standard", "Auto" and "Midget" Washers also displayed. (Stand No. Ca.814)

1952 Patent - Improvements in gas heated domestic washing machines.

1961 Manufacturers of gas washing coppers, gas boilers, domestic washing machines, and domestic wringing and mangling machines.

1969 A majority stake in Economic Gas Appliances of Burnley was acquired by merchant banks Edward Bates, Mounthall; Economic would acquire the 3 companies of the Bates Metals Group from Edward Bates and Sons, parent of the bank. The name of the group was changed to Economic Group[1]

1970 Economic Group acquired Linaduct of Nottingham[2] and Braby Group of Uxbridge[3]

1972 Investment by the ICFC[4]

1974 Name changed to Braby Leslie, mechanical and civil engineers[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jul 25, 1969
  2. The Times, Jan 19, 1970
  3. The Times, Apr 16, 1970
  4. The Times, Feb 08, 1972
  5. The Times, Dec 17, 1974