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British Industrial History

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of Old Mill Works, Barnsley

1862 Glass works started by the Redfearn family

1910 Company incorporated as Redfearn Brothers

1935 Became a public company

1947 Built a new factory at Monk Bretton, two miles from Barnsley

1967 Became Redfearn National Glass when they merged with the National Glass Works

1972 Made 1,062 million units with 2,948 persons employed

1977 Made 1,130 million units with 2,673 persons employed. Had 16% (by volume) of the UK market for glass bottles. Strong in the soft drink, beer and cider market. Had factories at: Barnsley (6 furnaces) and York (2 furnaces)

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  • [1] Competition Commission