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Brockhouse Group

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of West Bromwich

Previously J. Brockhouse and Co

1963 The Brockhouse Group offered products to several sectors[1]:

  • General Engineering
  • Engineering - Machine Tools
  • Transport
  • Building
  • Heating

The head office was at West Bromwich.

1963 Acquired the remaining 50 percent of Uniton Ltd, makers of wood-wool slabs, substantial customers of Warwick Rim and Sectioning Co[2]

1964 The aluminium foundry, Kaye Alloy Castings Ltd, was moved to a new factory at West Bromwich. Other factories extended included the one at Glasgow making prefabricated buildings[3]

1965 Companies in the group;

1967 Acquired Redler Industries, H. J. H. King and Co and 51 percent of Duodec Development and Construction Co from Cozens and Sutcliffe (Holdings)[4]

1967 Ended drop forging at Albion Drop Forgings Co; the work was moved to West Bromwich[5]

1969 Rising inflation made it difficult to keep prices ahead of costs so profits fell[6]

1970 Rebound in profits[7]

1976 Name changed to Brockhouse[8]

1984 the group, which was making a loss, was acquired by Evered Holdings[9]

1987 Brockhouse Castings of Wolverhampton was sold to Saxonforge; the main company was renamed Brooks Castings[10]

2008 The company is still on the same 5.5 acre site in Howard Street, West Bromwich, to which it moved in 1888. (03/08)

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 30, 1963
  2. The Times, Dec 20, 1963
  3. The Times, Nov 27, 1964
  4. The Times, Apr 22, 1967
  5. The Times, Nov 24, 1967
  6. The Times, Dec 12, 1969
  7. The Times, Dec 16, 1970
  8. The Times Mar 03, 1976
  9. The Times, May 01, 1984
  10. The Times, February 25, 1987