Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 143,943 pages of information and 230,152 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
of Eglinton Engine Works, Glasgow, Scotland
Mr Smith had a considerable reputation as a maker of agricultural, corn, flour and saw-mill machinery in his works at Paisley, formally millwright and engineers.
1837 Brothers Andrew and William Smith, millwrights, formed a partnership as agricultural and general engineers in Paisley, Renfrewshire, under the name A. and W. Smith and Co, millwrights and machine engineers. Their first machine was a steam-driven sugar mill for Tobago, West Indies.
1855 The firm moved to the Eglinton Engine Works in Tradeston, Glasgow, and began to specialise in the manufacture of sugar machinery, having been introduced to the sugar industry by W. and A. McOnie, engineers, Glasgow, who had subcontracted them to manufacture cattle-driven sugar mills.
1869 Railway wagons and weighbridges were also a speciality and the company produced its first tank locomotive for Robson Maynard and Co, coalmasters, Middlesborough.
1870s Advertised shunting tank engines.
1880 William Smith left the firm and began business with two of his sons under the style of William Smith and Sons; he was just erecting new works in Particle, Glasgow, when he died very unexpectedly.
1895 William and Hugh Smith bought out Alexander Smith's share in the business.
1896 The firm became A. and W. Smith and Co Ltd. As well as sugar machinery, the firm also produced bridge and structural steelwork for locomotive sheds and buildings.
1906 Death of Alexander Dawson Smith
In the twentieth century, the inter-war period saw the sugar machine industry struggle in the general depression of world economy. Most sugar-producing areas were equipped with relatively new machinery with a long life expectancy so the stable demand for sugar meant little work for machinery builders.
1922 of 122, Dale Street, Glasgow. Manufacturer of Sugar machinery.
1930s Most of the West of Scotland firms survived, but only through diversification. A. and W. Smith and Co, bought the power hammer business of R. G. Ross and Sons in the early 1930s, made Loudon planers for Russia, and took out a licence for sandslingers for foundry use.
500 HP horizontal seam engine supplied to CSR Goondi Mill for crushing sugar cane. Now preserved at the Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Mourilyan. 
The 1950s and 1960s saw a collapse in the industry with A. and W. Smith and Co acquiring the goodwill of most of its former rivals.
1953 The company was acquired by Tate and Lyle, sugar refiners of London.
They ceased to operate at the Eglinton Works in the late 1980s.