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Murgatroyds Salt and Chemical Co.

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Murgatroyd's Salt and Chemical Co, of Elworth and Sandbach

1890s Murgatroyds started in the salt business

1893 Murgatroyd and Co built an ammonia-soda plant in Middlewich

1895 Brunner, Mond and Co acquired the ammonia-soda plant in Middlewich.

c.1915 Acquired by Brunner, Mond and Co

1947 Expansion of the open pan salt-making business by addition of vacuum salt, caustic soda, chlorine and derivative products[1].

1950 The Murgatroyd Salt and Chemical works at Sandbach began operations, primarily to supply the Staveley Iron and Chemical Co with caustic soda.

Mid 1950s: a number of 4-wheeled and small bogie tankers were built for Murgatroyds to carry liquid chlorine.

1954 Increase in capacity planned, to double the output of chlorine and caustic soda at Elworth[2].

Private company.

1954 Distillers Co and Fisons jointly acquired Murgatroyds[3] in order to safeguard their supplies of feedstocks important to their plastics businesses. Previously the Finance Corporation for Industry had owned 60%.

1965 Jointly owned by Distillers Co and Fisons[4].

1967 One of the joint ventures acquired by BP together with most of Distillers Co's chemical interests[5].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 28 September 1954
  2. The Times, 31 May 1954
  3. The Times, 28 September 1954
  4. The Times, 20 August 1965
  5. The Times, 3 June 1967
  • Lineside Industries [1]