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Sugar Machinery

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  • 1785 James Cook established a small workshop in Glasgow for the production of sugar mills.
  • 1840 P. and W. McOnie was established by the 3 brothers McOnie to manufacture sugar machinery in Glasgow.
  • mid-1800s David Cook and Co was the successor to James Cook; supplied sugar-making machinery to every part of the world. Chief designer was Robert Harvey.
  • When David Cook retired, Harvey established a new firm Robert Harvey and Co which took over the Cook company.
  • By 1848 the McOnie's concern had manufactured fifty engines and fifty mills. In that year the partnership was dissolved, William and Andrew McOnie formed W. and A. McOnie
  • Between 1851 and 1876, W. and A. McOnie constructed 820 steam engines, 1650 sugar mills, 1200 steam boilers, 117 water wheels and 169 evaporating pans.
  • A. and W. Smith and Co are heirs to most of the sugar manufacturing businesses that flourished in Glasgow from the early nineteenth century.

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