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Scottish Iron and Steel Co

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Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.

Scottish Iron and Steel Co Ltd. of 105 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow; of 53 Bothwell Street, Glasgow.

1912 Incorporated as a limited company Scottish Iron and Steel Co by the amalgamation of thirteen firms[1]:

WWI During the First World War the Scottish Iron and Steel Co, supported by the Ministry of Munitions, set out to build its own steelworks. Construction started in 1916 but production did not begin until after the war.

1914 Iron and steel manufacturers. Specialities: iron and steel bars, angles, tees, hoops, strips etc. Employees 4,000 to 5,000. [2]

1920 The Northburn Iron and Steel Works was completed in 1920. It had three 40-ton open-hearth furnaces and housed the first electrically-driven reversing mill to be erected in Scotland[3].

1938 William Baird and Co Ltd was reconstituted; the company’s Lanarkshire interests were merged with the Scottish Iron and Steel Co Ltd of Glasgow to form Bairds and Scottish Steel Ltd, pig iron and steel manufacturers[4].

1939 Bairds and Scottish Steel linked their Gartsherrie Works with the Northburn Steel Works.

1951 Bairds and Scottish Steel was nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[5]

William Baird and Co declined the chance to buy the works back on denationalisation and, when the Iron and Steel Investments consortium bought it in 1963[6], the old Baird management withdrew. It was no longer viable and the new owners closed it in 1967.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 01, 1912
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. Based on The Bairds of Gartsherrie by Robert D. Corrins [1]
  5. Hansard 19 February 1951
  6. The Times, 17 January 1963