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Vulcan Manufacturing Co

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of Blackheath, Birmingham

of New Griffin Works, Wolverhampton (1913)

Manufacturers and suppliers in Great Britain.

c.1910 John Vincent Waine and G. A. Waine, sons of Joseph Waine, started the Vulcan Manufacturing Co. The company manufactured heel tips, toe plates with the most up to date machinery in the world. The factory turned out 288,000 pairs of heels per week, under their Vulcan brand name. Other products included: brass, chromium-plated and special finishes, stainless steel, garage bolts, cabinet bolts, shelf brackets, aluminium door and gate latches, casement stays and fasteners, hasps and staples, hinges, brass and steel gate and tee, gutter brackets, swivel ties, tinned angle brackets, rim, dead and mortice locks, latches, padlocks, stamped brassware and household soldering sets.

1913 the Directors of the family company, Joseph Waine and Co, decided to move their three factories to one site to improve the company's efficiency. In June a large disused works was purchased in Colliery Road, Wolverhampton and the three factories were combined under one roof, and called the New Griffin Works.

1928 Theo Waine and his brother Mr. G. A.Waine, took over the Wearwell Cycle Co Ltd. from the liquidators of the Wulfruna Engineering Co Ltd. The new company was registered as the Wearwell Cycle Co. (1928) Ltd and purchase the plant, tools and stock-in-trade of the cycle manufacturing side of the Vulcan Manufacturing Co. (Wolverhampton) Ltd.

1929 A full range of cycles were on offer including tradesmen's cycles, juveniles, scooters, and sports machines

1931 Vulcan Manufacturing Co. (Wolverhampton) Ltd issued 6,000 ordinary shares

1931 the factory was expanded to include the production of 'Wolf' motorcycles.

1934 Vulcan was a general engineering company, producing all kinds of things, including items in stainless steel as early as 1934.

1937 General ironwork. [1]

1953 The company team won the Tour of Britain cycle race.

1969 the Vulcan Manufacturing company went into voluntary liquidation; the goodwill was sold to Tippers, who were in the same line of business.

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Sources of Information

  • Cogent, Wearwell and Waine [1]
  • Wolverhampton Local History [2]