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W. Hunt and Sons, of Leabrook, Wednesbury, chemical manufacturers
Soda manufacturer, using the Leblanc process.
1851 Following Gossage's establishment of business at Widnes, Hunt set up his own alkali and sulphuric acid works at Wednesbury
1863 Hunt also established alkali manufacture at the Hunt Brothers' Aire and Calder Chemical Works, at Castleford in Yorkshire.
1898 W. Hunt and Sons amalgamated with a similar firm of long standing, Oldbury Alkali Co, chemical and cement manufacturers, to become Chance and Hunt. Alexander M. Chance became chairman. The company was registered on 23 March to take over the businesses of the Oldbury Alkali Co, and W. Hunt and Sons, with works at Oldbury, in Worcestershire and Wednesbury in Staffordshire; a public offer was made of the shares.