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Dobson Park Industries

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1969 William Park and Co (Forgemaster) was merged with Dobson Hardwick, both of whom were substantial makers of roof props for underground mines; the new company Dobson Park Industries would be owned 50:50 by the 2 constituent companies[1]

1969 Formed new subsidiary Gullick Dobson as a major supplier of powered props and other mining equipment[2]

1973 Acquired Powell and Co, of St Helens, makers of waste paper handling machinery, and Markon Engineering, of Oakham, makers of alternators and generators[3]

1974 Acquired Powerlite Group of New South Wales[4]

1975 Had 60 percent of the NCB's business for powered roof supports, which accounted for 60 percent of the NCB's capital spend underground[5]

1983 Fletcher Sutcliffe Wild was sold by Booker to Dobson Park Industries[6]

Diversified into electronic control systems, toys and plastics in a vain attempt to stem find a source of growth[7]

1993 Longwall International was formed by merging the mining equipment interests of the Dobson Park Group with Meco International[8]. Also sold the power tools business, leaving the operations of Dobson Park only half as large as they were in 1991[9]

1995 Acquired by US company Harnischfeger Industries which wanted to merge the company with its Joy Manufacturing subsidiary which made mining equipment[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 19, 1969
  2. The Times, Oct 03, 1969
  3. The Times, Jul 26, 1973
  4. The Times, Oct 11, 1974
  5. The Times, Jan 13, 1975
  6. The Times (London, England), Friday, Apr 22, 1983
  7. The Times (London, England), Saturday, September 09, 1995
  8. The Times, January 20, 1993
  9. The Times, June 17, 1993
  10. The Times, October 27, 1995