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Victor Blagden and Co

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of Mincing Lane, London.

Factories at Barking; Trafford Park, Manchester; and Canning Town.

1862 Company founded by W. G. Blagden as a chemical merchant. Blagden had been involved in early refining of crude petroleum and coal tar distillations as a partner in Carless, Blagden and Co.

1921 Victor Blagden and Co incorporated as a private company. The company under Victor Blagden started reconditioning steel drums and became the European leader in the industry.

Later became one of the largest UK manufacturers of steel drums.

1948 Victor Blagden (Manchester) subsidiary acquired, manufacturer of steel drums at Trafford Park, Manchester.

1958 Victor Blagden (Barking) incorporated as a subsidiary reconditioning steel drums.

1960 Victor Blagden and Co incorporated to take over the chemicals business.

1961 Steel drum manufacturers and repairers and chemical merchants. 300 employees. [1]

1961 Merged with London Containers and Noakes to form Blagden and Noakes.[2]

1968 Blagden and Noakes merged its steel drum and plastics interests with those of Rheem International of New York, to form a new subsidiary Rheem Blagden.

1982 Blagden and Noakes name changed to Blagden Industries.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  2. The Times, October 16, 1963
  3. The Times, March 2, 1982
  • [1] Blagden Company