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T. S. Harrison and Sons

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May 1950.

T. S. Harrison and Sons Ltd. of Heckmondwike, Yorks.

1898 Established as textile machinery manufacturers by Thomas Strickland Harrison. Thomas Strickland Harrison opened a small repair shop, powered by steam, with his sons Tom and John

1900 First Harrison lathe produced (simple treadle machine)

1916 Became a Limited company

1941 Taken over by the Brooke Tool Co for war production

1949 Turnover had increased fourfold since 1941[1]

1950s Variable speed and larger swing lathes introduced

1961 Conveyor line for final assembly introduced (the first in the UK)

1968 Exports exceeded 40 percent of total for the first time

1971 Taken over by the 600 Group

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 13, 1949
  • [1] Company web site