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of 75 Queen Victoria Street, London EC

c.1886 Sturtevant Blower Co founded as representative of the B. F. Sturtevant Company, both of Boston, U.S.A.

1889 Private company.

1890 Name changed to Sturtevant Engineering Co

1895 Advert. Heating and ventilating systems. formerly Sturtevant Blower Co.

1899 Limited company status

Manufactured electrical switch gear under the Igranic name until 1906

1904 Acquired Electrical Transmission Co of Hammersmith, maker of switch gear

1911 Entered the crushing and grinding machine business, under licence from US

1913 The switch-gear business was transferred into a separate company Igranic Electrical Co.

1917 Subsidiary E. Reader and Sons of Nottingham incorporated

Post-WWI The company was mad independent of the US parent to meet Government requirements

By 1930 the company was still producing most of the US range of fans, in addition to the British crushing, grinding and screening machinery and cash tube systems.

1944 Company made public.

1946 The whole of the share capital was made available for purchase[1]

1960 Acquired Mancuna Engineering.[2]

1961 Mechanical and electrical engineers, manufacturing fans of all types, including plants for air conditioning, heating, ventilating, drying, fume removal, vacuum cleaning, electrostatic precipitation, crushing and grinding. [3]

1965 Drake and Gorham, Scull acquired Sturtevant Engineering Co[4]; Sturtevant was reorganized into two separate companies with the air-conditioning, ventilating and process heating activities transferred to a new company, Sturtevant Air Treatment Ltd.

1972 The vacuum business was merged with another vacuum company, New Welbeck to form Sturtevant Welbeck [5]

1975 The flue gas cleaning business was sold to Peabody International Corporation., becoming a new subsidiary, Sturtevant Gas Cleaning Ltd.

1976 The agricultural division, based in Ipswich was acquired by management and renamed Sturtevant-Roote Ltd. They designed and installed process machinery for the feed, food and malt trades. The business was dissolved around 1998.

1978 Company was reorganized into Sturtevant Engineering Holdings Ltd and Sturtevant Welbeck[6]

Shortly afterwards Sturtevant Welbeck was split into separate divisions: Sturtevant Engineering & Manufacturing Ltd. (portable vacuums) and Sturtevant Systems Ltd. (fixed vacuum systems).[7]

1983 Christy Turner Ltd. acquired Sturtevant Engineering Holdings.

1984 The industrial fan division was sold to Matthews and Yates Ltd.

1994 Both vacuum divisions were sold to the Scotland-based Clyde Blowers, formerly a small blower company that was transformed into an industrial investment firm after a management buyout in 1992, and renamed Clyde Sturtevant. Eventually assets were transferred to Clyde Material Handling Ltd.[8], which organized a new Sturtevant vacuum division in South Yorkshire.

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Sources of Information

  • Mechanical World Year Book 1895. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p158
  • AA. [1] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry