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Precision Kidd Steel Co (USA)

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of the USA

Over the period 1869-1880, four Kidd brothers emigrated to the USA from Cawthorne, near Sheffield, Yorkshire. They were William, Edwin, Walter Scott, and Harry Kidd. In the 1850s their father, William Sr., had started wire drawing in part of his flour mill, and gradually gave up flour in favour of wire.

By 1885, Edwin and William Kidd and William Burgher founded the Kidd Steel Wire Co, and made the first 'silver steel' to be produced in the USA ('drill rod' in US parlance). By 1892 customers included the Waltham Watch Co, Winchester Repeating Fire Arms Co, Edison Phonograph Works, Thomson-Houston, and the Excelsior Needle Co.

The above brief introduction is condensed from an excellent online history of the firm[1]

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  1. [1] 'A History of Precision Kidd Steel Company