William Griffin and Sons
of Triton Works, Cradley Heath, Staffs
1790 Company established.
1914 Chain Manufacturers. Speciality: "Triton" and "Beacon" quality chains. Employees 200. 
1942 Change of company status. 'Woodhouse Bros. (Cradley Heath). Ltd.— To take over the business of manufacturers of and dealers in chains, cables, etc., carried on as Woodhouse Brothers at Premier Works, Newtown-lane. Cradley Heath. Nominal capital £30,000 in £1 shares. Permanent directors: E. N. Woodhouse. Cranley, Hagley-road. Pedmore, Stourbridge; H. B. Woodhouse, Beaupre. Whitehall-road. Old-swinford: A. N. Woodhouse. The Hawthorns, Haden Hill. Old Hill.'
1942 Griffin merged with Woodhouse Brothers (founded 1860)
John Timmington patents ‘Integral Stud Link Chain’
1944 Griffin-Woodhouse Chain Cables Limited
1961 Acquired G. and H. C. Hackett Brothers (shackle manufacturer)
1965 Griffin-Woodhouse Limited
1983, 1997, 1998 – Queen’s Award for Export Achievement
see GWEC web site
Sources of Information
- Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 08 November 1919
- 1914 Whitakers Red Book
- Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 22 August 1942