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Cooper Industries

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Holding company, of West Bromwich, founded by Charles Cooper.

1956 Cooper Investments was incorporated[1]

1965 Acquired Bromford Iron and Steel Co from F. H. Tomkins[2].

1965 March: 3 subsidiaries had been reorganised and so the company was ready for public incorporation[3]. Listed on the Birmingham Stock Exchange[4]

1965 Acquired[5]:

  • Wetenhall Cooper of Lichfield, building contractors
  • Micole Building Supplies
  • Trent Valley Plant Hire, a recently formed company

1969 Abandoned aim of being a holding company; instead focussed on steel re-rolling and engineers[6]

1971 Flotation of Jevons Cooper which consisted of Stanley Jevons Tool Co and Cooper Precision Engineering; retained 55percent[7]. Head office moved to Dudley.

1971 Acquired the fastener group of Grampian Holdings, which consisted of 8 companies[8]

1972 Flotation of Garton Cooper, maker of bolts and washers in the West Midlands and stampings and dies in Lanarkshire; Coopers would retain 50 percent[9]

1972 Jevons Cooper acquired Henry Osborn (of Newcastle), factors of engineers' tools and machinery of Newcastle upon Tyne[10]

1972 Announced plans with F. H. Lloyd and Co to establish a steel "mini-mill" to make billets in West Bromwich[11]

1973 Acquired K. W. K. Birkenhead and Marlow Manufacturing Co[12]

1976 sold the remainder of Garton Cooper[13]

1977 Acquired 29 percent of Charles Clifford Industries of Stourbridge, wrought metal and metal sprayers[14]. Re-acquired the remainder of Jevons Cooper[15]

1978 Sold the holding in Charles Clifford Industries to Jessel Securities[16] and its interests in Wetenhall Cooper and Hermes Joinery, the building subsidiaries[17]

1980 Sold all of the interests in Lloyd Cooper to F. H. Lloyd and Co[18]

1982 Group companies:[19]

Also owned one third of R. V. C. Ltd, maker of motor homes

1985 The principal trading companies of Cooper Industries were:[20]

1986 The name of Cooper Industries plc was changed to C. I. Group plc[21]

1995 C. I. Group was acquired by Ash and Lacy plc

2000 C. I. Group plc was renamed as Hawkhead Properties Ltd

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. companies house filing
  2. The Times, 22 January 1965
  3. The Times, Mar 15, 1965
  4. The Times September 30, 1965
  5. The Times, Apr 09, 1965
  6. The Times, Dec 04, 1969
  7. e Times, Jan 11, 1971
  8. The Times, Sep 25, 1971
  9. The Times, Apr 07, 1972
  10. The Times, Apr 28, 1972
  11. The Times, Jun 10, 1972
  12. The Times, Jan 17, 1973
  13. The Times, Jul 08, 1976
  14. The Times, Apr 22, 1977
  15. The Times, Aug 10, 1977
  16. The Times, Jul 28, 1978
  17. The Times, Nov 06, 1978
  18. The Times, Dec 02, 1980
  19. 1982 Annual report
  20. 1986 Annual report
  21. Companies House filing