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Olympia Oil and Cake Co

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1919. Oilseed cakes.
Employees circa 1943.
Wrapping machinery by Forgrove Machinery Co.
Wrapping machinery by Forgrove Machinery Co.

O.C.O. manufacturing based Olympia House/ Mill, Selby, Yorks and Union House, St. Martins le Grand, London, EC1. which operated the largest linseed oil crushing and refining plant in Europe.

It also processed hardening whale oil.

Joseph Watson suffered substantial losses in an unsuccessful speculation in linseed oil for his plant and Olympia Oil & Cake was sold to the Dutch firm Jurgens, which had outbid Levers. [1]

OCO provided 'the first village estate' of workers' housing soon after 1910. [2]

1929 advert says it made Soycot Cake, balanced ration dairy cubes, milk ration cubes, sheep and lamb cubes, complete pig food cubes etc.

Company dissolved in 1989. [3]

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