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1863 Jeremiah Head (1835-1899) and Theodore Fox founded Fox, Head, and Co., and erected the Newport Rolling Mills, Middlesbrough, for the manufacture of iron plates. Employed 600 men, and produced 400 tons of finished iron per week, using machinery which dealt with larger masses of wrought-iron than had hitherto been worked.
During the next twenty years introduced a profit-sharing scheme for the workmen, which was so successful that there were no labour disputes even during a disturbed period.
1877 Specialised in boiler plates and plates for bridge construction
1885 the firm of Messrs. Fox, Head, and Co. was dissolved.
1888 John Hill and Co leased the Newport plate mills and remodelled them