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Walter Kidde Co

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1933. Zonit Fire Detector.
1933. Selex Fire Detector.
Dec 1939.
Sept 1953.

of Lux Works, Belvue Rd, Northolt (1937)

of Cambridge Works, Montague Avenue, London, W7 (1937).

of Northolt, Middlesex (1961).

A subsidiary of Walter Kidde and Co of Belleville, New Jersey, USA[1]

1926 Company founded.

1929 Walter Kidde and Co of New York and AB Lux and Co of Stockholm applied for extension of their patent on improvement in means of extinguishing fire[2]

1931 Private company.

1932 Supplied the Lux equipment for dispensing Carbon Dioxide to John Kerr and Co for use in their new fire tender[3]

1937 Fire protection engineers. [4]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of fire detecting and extinguishing apparatus, dinghy inflation gear and oxygen equipment. 650 employees. [5]

1978 Grove Cranes of Oxford and Bicester was a subsidiary of Walter Kidde Corporation of USA[6]

1985 Awarded Queens Award for Export and Technology

1987 The US parent company was acquired by Hanson Trust

1988 The Kidde business was integrated into Hanson's US operations except for most of the worldwide fire protection operations which were to be sold to Pilgrim House but the deal was referred to the US Federal Trade Commission[7]

2000 Demerged from Williams Holdings; acquired 25 percent of Baxi; floated on the Stock Exchange.[8]

2005 Kidde plc was acquired by United Technologies Corporation[9]

2006 WFEL of Stockport was spun out of the group.[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 07, 1966
  2. The Times, Mar 30, 1929
  3. The Times Apr 27, 1932
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times, Sep 16, 1978
  7. The Times, August 17, 1988
  8. The Times, November 15, 2000
  9. 2005 WFEL Annual report
  10. 2006 WFEL Annual report