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Spirella Co of Great Britain

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Manufacturer of foundation garments, of Letchworth

1909 The business was started in Britain by William Kincaid, an American; his partner, Marcus Beeman, had invented a corset which used the novel Spirella flexible twisted wire stay[1] Incorporated as public company[2]

WWII Turned over almost entirely to parachute manufacture

1957 Standard Industrial Group purchased the controlling interest in the Spirella Co of Great Britain from the US parent company and intended to seek a quotation on the London market[3]

1959 Offer of shares on the London market

1962 Standard Industrial Group purchased a controlling interest in Spirella Co of Great Britain, makers of foundation garments[4].

1971 Acquired the Barber Textile Corporation[5]

1973 Acquired the Stibbe-Hadden knitted fabrics subsidiary of G. Stibbe and Co[6] and Foundation Yarn Dyers (Blackburn)[7]

By 1975 the company was making a range of goods including household textiles, towels, fashion fabrics, as well as foundation garments[8]

1975 Acquired Vantona[9] in a reverse take-over; the Spirella brand became part of the Vantona Group[10]

1989 Closure of factory at Letchworth because of fall in demand for corsets[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, November 30, 1989
  2. The Times, Sep 01, 1959
  3. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Sep 25, 1957
  4. The Times, 28 February 1962
  5. The Times, Jun 08, 1971
  6. The Times, Feb 08, 1973
  7. The Times, Mar 07, 1974
  8. The Times, Apr 18, 1975
  9. The Times, Aug 29, 1975
  10. The Times, Apr 19, 1978
  11. The Times, November 30, 1989