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Record Ridgway

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Hand tool makers of Parkway Works, Sheffield

1972 Merger of C. and J. Hampton, maker of Record tools, and William Ridgway and Sons. Acquired Bestmore Tool and Edge [1]

1975 Maker of Record and Wotan bench vices, pipe tools and planes[2], Marples, Gilbow and Ridgway tools[3]

1976 Acquired Platts Forgings, useful for making dies for the rest of the group[4]

1980 Closed subsidiary Platts Forgings of Willenhall[5]

1981 After a period of losses, acquired by Bahco of Sweden[6]

1981 Mabey and Johnson acquired the drop-forging business of Record Ridgway previously carried on by Platts Forgings[7]

1981 Record Holdings was created as a management buy-out of the Record Ridgway business[8] and planned a stock market listing

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 03, 1973
  2. The Times, Jan 22, 1975
  3. The Times, Mar 05, 1975
  4. The Times, Feb 25, 1976
  5. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Nov 11, 1980
  6. The Times, Jan 30, 1981
  7. The Times, Feb 10, 1981
  8. The Times, October 05, 1987