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Firth Co

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Manufacturers and suppliers of steel wire and wire products, of Warrington

1885 Company founded[1].

1937 Steel wire manufacturers: Fircone Steel Wire. [2]

1947 Acquired by British Lead Mills Ltd[3].

1950 Became part of Firth Cleveland

1953 Part of Firth Cleveland group when it was incorporated[4]

1972 GKN acquired Firth Cleveland

1974 K. G. Hann became chairman in succession of Mr R. Ripley who remained on the board. Mr M. H. Williams, director-in-charge of Wire and Nail Division at GKN, joined the board.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 8 August 1955
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times, 4 April 1949
  4. The Times, 28 June 1960