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Thomas Flinn and Co

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of Sheffield

1923 Thomas Flinn set up in business in Sheffield.

1930 of Solly Street, Sheffield, saw manufacturers[1]

1936 Frank Ellis acquired the business

Later his son (Frank) Philip Ellis took on the business, which at that time made only a few types of saws. The business concentrated on high quality saws (whose manufacturing might have died off otherwise).

Purchased the Pax range of saws from Sanderson Kayser.

1999 Acquired E. Garlick and Son, maker of Lynx saws.

2008 Acquired the Roberts and Lee saw company. This was the last other known saw manufacturers in the UK, with its origins based in Enfield, near London, making the Dorchester saw.

2014 Thomas Flinn and Co Ltd incorporated as a private company[2]

2014 Added hand planes to the range of goods manufactured by acquiring Clifton Planes, a traditional, high quality brand.

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Sources of Information

  1. Telephone directory
  2. Companies' House
  • [1] Thomas Flinn website