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Switchgear and Cowans

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1934. "Trubicle" switchboard.
May 1944.
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of Elsinore Road, Old Trafford, Manchester.

of Victoria Works, Springfield Lane, Salford. (1914)

1911 Private company. Incorporated to combine the Switchgear Co. Ltd. and Cowans Ltd.

1914 Manufacturing electrical engineers. Specialities; electrical controlling gear for public electricity supply works, battleships, dockyards etc. Employees 200 to 300. [1]

1936 Company made public. Messrs Sermon and Waller, founding managing directors of the company, sold their shares to W. H. Botsford and Co[2]. The new managing director was J. E. Chamberlain who had worked for 15 years for Hewittic Electric Co.

1960 Combined Electrical Manufacturers Ltd formed as a public company to amalgamate Hackbridge and Hewittic Electric Co Ltd and Switchgear and Cowans Ltd[3].

1961 Electrical engineers specialising in high and low voltage switchgear and mining switchgear. 1,200 employees. [4]

1964 Part of Combined Electrical Manufacturers Ltd[5].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times 28 April 1936
  3. The Times, 1 September 1961
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, 7 August 1964