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6th December 1935.
January 1936.
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5th March 1937.
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6th January 1939.
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22nd March 1941.
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November 1946.
May 1950.
September 1953. Fires and Convectors.
March 1957.
1984. Memshield.
1985. Memshield.

Midland Electric Manufacturing Co (MEM) of Reddings Lane, Tyseley, Birmingham, and of 25 Old Street, London, EC1 (1937)

1908 Company founded by Walter Leonard Barber at 108 Conybere Street to make electrical appliances.

Later moved to the Stafford Works, Barford Street, Birmingham.

1926 Public company.

1927 Started to manufacture motor control gear, to meet the increasing use of electric motors in industry

1936 Took over the former Rudge-Whitworth factory in Reddings Lane. They employed around 1,000 persons.

1937 Electric switchgear manufacturers.[1]

1961 Manufacturers of switch, fuse and motor control gear and high efficiency electric fires and convectors. 1,500 employees.

1961 Occupied a new factory at Holyhead, Anglesey, in response to labour shortage in Birmingham[2]

1965 Announced its first miniature circuit breaker range

1969 Another new factory was to be built at Washington New Town[3]

1971 Taken over by Delta Metal Co[4]

Delta's Electrical Division then consolidated several divisions of MEM (250V, 500V), as well as Bill Switchgear, under the MEM brand in 1998

2003 Electrical Division of Delta acquired by Eaton Corporation of USA, including the MEM, BILL and Holec brands

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. * 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  2. The Times, Feb 01, 1961
  3. The Times, Sep 08, 1969
  4. The Times, Oct 26, 1971
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  • [1] Eaton