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Wolverhampton Metal Co

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Wolverhampton Metal Co, copper smelters and refiners, makers of alloys, and dealers in non-ferrous scrap, of James House, Wednesfield, near Wolverhampton.

c.1876 Henry Summerhill established a business of metal merchants in Wednesfield.[1].

1895 H. S. James joined Summerhill; his 5 grandsons all took active part in the business

1903 Company incorporated

1908 Converted into a private company

1918 Listed as 'The Wolverhampton Metal Co., Ltd., Wednesbury, Wolverhampton'.[2]

1942 Acquired minority share in James Bridge Copper Works

1944 Purchased the remaining shares in James Bridge Copper Works from the James family.

1945 Acquired the Birmingham metal refining business of the late F. W. Parsons

1946 Public company; substantial investments by Imperial Smelting Corporation and British Metal Corporation[3] who would play an active part in the management of the business.

1955 Gloucester branch established as subsidiary: Hayes Metals (Gloucester) Ltd - perhaps connected with Hayes and Marvin?

By 1964 the Wolverhampton Metal Group included Wolverhampton Metal Co and James Bridge Copper Works[4]

1964 IMI acquired 29.6% of Wolverhampton (Holdings) Ltd[5]

1966 Acquired Actid Ltd producers of electrolytic copper cathode and copper sulphate; other subsidiaries were Wolverhampton Abrasives, Allcock and Co, Barton Williams and Co, [6]

1967 Wolverhampton Metal (Holdings) acquired Garnham, Harris and Elton from Strauss (Holdings)[7]

1968 IMI acquired the company[8]

1969 Part of IMI Group

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 August 1946
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:30 July 1918 Issue:30821 Page:9008
  3. The Times, 27 August 1946
  4. The Times 27 January 1964
  5. The Times 7 March 1966
  6. The Times 24 August 1967
  7. The Times 28 July 1967
  8. The Times 12 February 1968