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Kirkby Manufacturing and Engineering

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Workers' cooperative of Kirkby, Liverpool based on the Fisher-Bendix factory

1961 Fisher and Ludlow moved their domestic appliance division to a purpose-made factory at Kirkby, Lancs [1], making Bendix washing machines, Fisholow stainless steel sinks and pressed steel radiators. The Kirkby factory could employ 3,000 workers.

By the mid-1970s the market for their products — night storage radiators, central heating radiators and the bottling of fruit juice was very gloomy.

Five owners had not made a trading profit from the factory

1974 Kirby Manufacturing and Engineering was established with a government grant to run the factory as a worker's cooperative

1978 Acquired by Worcester Engineering


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 24 February 1971