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Thomas Shanks and Co of Union Iron Works, Johnstone were makers of machine tools, up to the largest sizes.
Founded by Thomas Shanks.
1843 Producing screws.
1848 Slotting machine weighing 59 tons made by Shanks for Fulton and Neilson of Lancefield Forge. Described and illustrated in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, April 1848.
1888 Boiler-making Plant. Article and illustration.
1911 Heavy quadrupled geared double-bed lathe.
1928 In liquidation. Plant and equipment advertised for sale.
1928 The machine tool business was acquired by Craven Brothers; the staff transferred to Reddish where the products were manufactured.