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Sheffield Steel Products

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Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.
1926. Forging Excentric Rolls, with Squeezing Device.
1926. Forging - Power Hammers and Tools.
1926. File-Annealing Furnace.
1926. Shardlow File Cutting Machines.
1926. Hess-Type File-Cutting Machines.
1926. Sand Scouring Machine.
1926. Wrapping Files.
1926. "Proving" Files.
1926. Soldering the Inner Cases for Shipment.
1926. Belt-Driven Power Hammer.

of Templeborough Works, Sheffield. Telephone: Sheffield 41241. Cables: "Solidity, Sheffield"

1918 Private company.

1919 Company made public.

1919 Acquired the National Projectile Factory at Templeborough, Sheffield[1].

1920 At time of public sale of shares, claimed to be "largest manufacturer of table cutlery in the world"; consisted of a number of companies which had been amalgamated into this company[2]:

to which would be added:

By linking these businesses, the company hoped to achieve economies of manufacture from vertical integration and investment in new machines., including steel plant and rolling mills.

By 1921 also included Acme Screw Co[4]

1922 Recognising that retailers were making a substantial margin on the company's products, another company was established, Sheffield Steel Products (Stores) Ltd, to establish and operate retail establishments in various parts of the country[5]

1923 Capital reconstruction instituted as the only alternative to winding-up[6]

1925 Major reorganisation had been implemented; clear break established with the Stores business; the company would concentrate on the wholesale trade[7]

1926 Produced a new type of refuse-collecting tipping trailer and the Sheffield Corporation trialled it. It was a modification of the H.B. trailer, and was designed with the object of rapidly collecting and discharging refuse.[8]

1927 The Stores business was put into voluntary liquidation[9]

1929 Capital reduction[10]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Cutlery and Tools, Stainless Steel Table Cutlery, all Metal Cutlery, Electroplate, Spoons and Forks, Canteens and Cabinets, Pocket Knives, Garden Shears, Saws, Edge Tools, etc. Magneto Magnets, Telephones, Meters. (Stand No. J.35) [11]

1936 Sold Smethwick Stamping Co[12]

1936 Created new public company Armstrong, Stevens and Son Ltd which it sold to Messrs Victor Riley and John Harper Bean (for further on him see A. Harper, Sons and Bean) who then sold shares to the public[13].

1939 Sale of surplus land at Templeborough; capital reduction[14]. Acquired Burt Brothers Ltd of Birmingham, coppersmiths and metal spinners[15]

WWII Made 12 million solid-handled knives, 2 million clasp knives, as well as files, permanent magnets, wire cutters, as well as saws, edge tools, etc[16]

1959 Purchased by Arusha Industries Ltd[17].

1961 Manufacturers of magnets, files, tools, cutlery, stampings and pressings. Brass and coppersmiths and metal spinners. [18]

1965 Sold British Rustless Iron and Steel Products to Hiram Wild[19]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jun 07, 1919
  2. The Times, Nov 16, 1920
  3. The Times, April 29, 1921
  4. The Times, May 02, 1921
  5. The Times, Mar 29, 1922
  6. The Times, Jul 17, 1923
  7. The Times, May 15, 1925
  8. The Engineer 1926/03/12
  9. The Times, Dec 29, 1927
  10. The Times, Jun 07, 1929
  11. 1929 British Industries Fair Page 151
  12. The Times, Jul 25, 1936
  13. The Times, 29 July 1936
  14. The Times, Jan 23, 1939
  15. The Times, Nov 03, 1939
  16. The Times, Aug 10, 1945
  17. The Times, 4 February 1960
  18. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  19. The Times, Apr 09, 1965