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Etna Works and Rolling Mills, Sheffield.
1760 John Love, a draper, and a Mr. Manson, set up a new business making crucible steel, the business however making saws and not steel.
1774 Company established.
Alexander Spear joined the business.
1814 Company now run by John Spear, Alexander's nephew.
1820 The company were exporting saws to Europe and America. John Spear took on Samuel Jackson.
1830 Samuel Jackson became a partner in the firm of Spear and Jackson.
1851 Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition and won a medal for their 5ft circular saw.
1855 Exhibited edge tools at the 1855 Paris Exhibition
1905 Private company.
1937 Company made public.
1961 Manufacturers of steel saws, edge tools, spades, forks and shovels. 
1961 Modernisation of the factory would take place over 3 years
1973 Acquired John Peace and Sons
1985 Acquired by James Neill and Co
1995 The new company was renamed Spear and Jackson plc.
2007 Today, Spear and Jackson exports to 115 countries and has subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. After 245 years of production, Spear and Jackson's headquarters remains in Sheffield.