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Triplex Foundry

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January 1929.
May 1931.
December 1954.
November 1957.
May 1961.
April 1962.
Oct 1962.

of Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffordshire. Telephone: Tipton 1293 (4 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Triplex, Tipton, Staffs."

of Upper Church Lane, Tipton (1957)

1918 Company founded by Charles Robert Horrell to make Triplex grates[1]

1919 Manufacture started

1920 Triplex Foundry Ltd was incorporated

Acquired land at Great Bridge, Tipton where they built a new factory

1935 Moved to the new purpose-built factory; introduced porcelain enamel, making the products fire resistant (previously had been stove enamelled).

1936 Public company incorporated, makers of Triplex grates and cooking ranges. Charles Horrell and Herbert Edward Hind were joint managing directors; Horrell was also chairman; his son John William Horrell was also a member of the board.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Triplex, Tweenie, Workwell and Greybridge Combination Cooking and Water Heating Grates and Gas Cookers. Continuous demonstrations. 300,000 have now been sold. Attention is drawn to the Coloured Porcelain Enamel Finish. (Stand Nos. B.505 and B.404) [2]

1956 Acquired Sillett and Cooksey of West Bromwich, specialists in metal spinning and light metal fabrication. Acquired the Great Bridge Foundry Group and the stock, patterns and trade-marks for gas cookers of R. Russell and Co[3]

1957 Acquired Vowles Aluminium Foundry[4] and Henry Harrison and Sons[5]

1957 Included:

  • Castings Division
  • Fuel Appliance Division

1959 Acquired Ridgacre Foundry[6]

1961 Part of Triplex Foundries Group

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Heavy-duty engineering and repetition castings. [7]

1974 Opened new factory in King's Norton for Aircraft division.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times October 26, 1936
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair p425
  3. The Times August 13, 1956
  4. The Times, August 21, 1957
  5. The Times November 30, 1957
  6. The Times September 14, 1959
  7. 1963 Motor Show
  8. The Engineer 1974/01/31 p 18