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Mardon, Son and Hall

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of Caxton Works, Temple Gate, Bristol, makers of cigarette cards and suppliers to W. D. and H. O. Wills

1846 James Mardon took over a small printing business

1860 Company changes its name to Mardon, Son and Hall

1888 Started supplying W. D. and H. O. Wills

1893 Moved from premises in Milk Street and Dighton street to new premises at Caxton Works, Temple Meads -38,646 sq.ft.[1]

1897 Share issue. Directors are Heber Mardon, Reginald Heber Mardon, Ernest George Mardon, George Harris and Reginald Dalton.[2]

1902 Became part of Imperial Tobacco Co

1904 Retirement of Heber Mardon.[3]

1930s Employing 5,000 people in 11 factories

1955 Last set of cigarette cards produced

1956 Supplied the parent company with a large proportion of its requirements for St. Anne's board[4]

1962 Mardon International was set up as a jointly-owned packaging company between Imperial Tobacco Co and British American Tobacco; it was formed from 2 Imperial subsidiaries[5]

1967 Mardon International had expanded to owning c.12 companies ranging from colour printing to packaging, plastics and tin containers. Acquired the Runprint subsidiary of British Printing Corporation. Runprint made packaging and cartons

1969 Mardon International acquired 3 flexible packaging companies from Wiggins Teape[6]

1973 Mardon Packaging (Securities) acquired the profitable packaging operation of Peter Dixon and Son

1979 British American Tobacco took full control of Mardon Packaging International[7]

Mardon Flexible Packaging Ltd., Saxon Way, Melbourn, Royston.

1985 Mardon Packaging (Securities) was renamed Mardon Packaging International

1985 BAT announced its intention to sell the company. Presumably acquired by St. Regis

1985 After the US parent of St Regis was taken over, most of the UK operations were sold to management - this included Tillotsons, Reed and Smith, and the corrugated packaging part of Mardon Packaging[8]

1986 MBO of Cundell Corrugated

1986 Mardon Packaging International was renamed Lawson Mardon of Canada[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Daily Press - Tuesday 14 December 1897
  2. Western Daily Press - Tuesday 14 December 1897
  3. South Gloucestershire Gazette - Saturday 04 April 1925
  4. The Times, Mar. 19, 1958
  5. The Times, May 23, 1967
  6. The Times Apr. 2, 1969
  7. The Times Apr. 3, 1985
  8. The Times , May 16, 1985
  9. The Times July 28, 1987
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