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Yale and Towne Co

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Exhibit at Beamish Museum.


1964. Yale locks.

of 9 to 15 Murray Street, New York

Makers of Yale Locks of 17 to 20 West Smithfield, London, EC.

  • locks and hardware division, of Willenhall (1960s)
  • materials handling division, of Wednesfield, Staffs (1960s).

1904 Company established in January by the parent company, Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co. who were established in October 1868 at Stamford, Connecticut, USA by Linus Yale (junior) and Henry R. Towne.

1914 Manufacturers of Yale Locks and Yale products etc. Specialities: Yale locks, architectural and builders' hardware, Yale blount door checks and springs, pulley blocks and electric hoists etc. Employees 3,500. [1]

1965 Developed electric fork-lift truck for the British market[2].

1965 Plans announced to open factory at Livingston [3]

1968 Yale Locks and Hardware, a division of the US Eaton, Yale and Towne, announced 5-year investment plans in Britain[4].

c.1985 Acquired by First City Diversified[5]

1987 The locks and security business, Yale, was acquired by Valor Co[6]; the resultant company was named Yale and Valor.

1988 Yale and Valor acquired Ingersoll locks of Woking[7]

1991 Williams Holdings acquired Yale and Valor[8]

2000 when Williams was broken up, Yale was sold to Assa Abloy of Sweden[9].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, Feb 23, 1965
  3. The Times, Mar 25, 1965
  4. The Times, Feb 01, 1968
  5. The Times, June 02, 1987
  6. The Times August 31, 1987
  7. The Times, April 26, 1988
  8. The Times March 05, 1991
  9. The Times, May 09, 2000