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April 1952.

Manufacturers of board and paper making machinery, of Alsing Road, Tinsley, Sheffield.

1933 Private company formed by an American, William Hulse Millspaugh, to construct paper-making equipment and heavy centrifugal castings in both steel and bronze. He leased buildings at Hadfields' East Hecla Works, where he equipped a machine and erecting shop for the manufacture of suction rolls and other paper-making machinery specialities. He also equipped a foundry on the site for the manufacture of heavy centrifugal castings, in both bronze and steel. Hadfields sold him the liquid steel as required; the non-ferrous metals, such as phosphor bronze, bronze, manganese bronze, gun metal, etc., were melted in his own furnaces.

1946 The company was sold to Hadfields.

1951 Company made public as a result of nationalization of Hadfields.

1955 Hadfields bid to acquire the company again[1] followed by bids from Walmsleys and from a director[2]; Hadfields was eventually successful and would work with Walmsleys (for whom Millspaugh was an important supplier) on areas of common interest[3].

1961 Manufacturers of board and paper making machinery. Preparation plant, centrifugal castings and welded fabrication. 2,000 employees. [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 15, 1955
  2. The Times, Jan 10, 1956
  3. The Times, Jan 12, 1956
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE