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District Iron and Steel Co

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of District Works, Smethwick, Staffs

1867 Company established.

1892 Incorporated as a limited company.

1894 Commenced manufacture of close joint tubes.

1898 Began manufacturing fencing.

1914 Steel rolling mills, close joint and electric welded tube mills, fencing manufacturers. Employees 350. [1]

1936 Acquired by J. Brockhouse and Co whose laminated springs and railway equipment business unit was next door in Smethwick[2]

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[3]

1953 Sold by Holding and Realization Agency to J. Brockhouse and Co[4].

1967 One of the larger steel re-rollers not subject to nationalisation[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, Jul 10, 1936
  3. Hansard 19 February 1951
  4. The Times, 23 February 1954
  5. The Times, Apr 26, 1967