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H. W. Kearns and Co

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1909. Shaping Machine.
1909. Front View Of Shaping Machine.
1909. Side View Of Shaping Machine.
1922. Large Surfacing and Boring Machine.
December 1929.
1931. Surfacing and Boring Machine.
Aug 1935. Great Western RailwayGWR Centenary.
December 1947.
February 1948.
April 1948.
June 1948.
August 1948.
May 1950.
January 1953.
1961. Horizontal boring machine.

H. W. Kearns of Atlantic Street, Broadheath, Altrincham, were makers of machine tools.

1907 Private company founded by Henry Ward Kearns

1927 Henry Ward Kearns the founder died and his sons Joseph Richard Carden Kearns and H. W. L. Kearns took over

1937 Machine tool manufacturers. "Kearns" Horizontal Boring Machines.

1955 Company made public.

1961 Machine toolmakers, manufacturing universal horizontal surfacing, boring, milling, drilling and tapping machines. 480 employees.

1967 Kearns-Richards was formed when Staveley Industries bought H. W. Kearns and Co. Ltd and merged it with George Richards and Co, key companies in the Broadheath machine tool manufacturing industry. It became part of Staveley Machine Tools.

1968 Staveley Industries rationalised its machine tool division, including giving responsibility for horizontal table borers to Kearns[1]

  • Double-spindle horizontal boring machine.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 20, 1968