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Brooke Tool Manufacturing Co

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Dec 1921.
November 1926.
December 1929.
August 1933.
1933. Drill Chuck.
May 1950.

of Belgrave Road, Birmingham.

of Warwick Road, Greet, Birmingham 11 (1917). Telephone: Victoria 2235. Telegraphic Address: "Saws, Birmingham"

1903 Company founded to acquire 2 private companies: Brooke Tool and Stamping Co and Brooke Tool Manufacturing Co.

1917 Advert for small tools. [1]

1919 Advert for tools. [2]

1937 Machinists for aircraft trade, tool makers. [3]

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Engineers' Small Tools of every description. Engineers' Small Tools, consisting of High Speed Steel Milling Cutters, Twist Drills, Reamers, Saws, Counterbores, etc. Also Drill Chucks (three types), Machine Vices, Tapping Attachments, Suds Pumps, Jigs, Broaches, etc. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.623) [4]

1938 Converted into a public company

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1940 Advert for tools. [5]

1941 Acquired T. S. Harrison and Sons of Heckmondwicke[6]

1945 Advert for tools. Drills, reamers, chucks, sleeves, sockets etc. [7]

1960 Advert. Tools. [8]

1960 Reorganisation of the manufacturing activities of the company included formation of a subsidiary, Brooke Tool Automation Ltd, which took over the branch factory at Perry Barr which manufactured unit heads, special-purpose machines, and jigs and fixtures[9]

1961 700 employees. [10]

By 1963 was part of Rubery, Owen and Co[11]

1966 February: most of the company's shares were held by Rubery Owen[12]

1966 March: The Rubery share-holding was substantial but not a majority[13]

1968 Subsidiaries included[14]:

1969 Name changed to Brooke-Harrison Holdings[15]

1971 T S Harrison was sold to 600 Group; Brooke Tool Manufacturing had cut staff and costs and planned new investment[16]

1972 Brooke Tool Engineering (Holdings) was expected to have broken-even in 1971[17]

1996 The Brooke Tool Engineering company was still operating

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p102
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p142
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p607; and p342
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p41
  6. The Times May 13, 1949
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p53
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p117
  9. The Times, Oct 04, 1960
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  11. The Times, Oct 09, 1963
  12. The Times, Feb 23, 1966
  13. The Times Mar 17, 1966
  14. The Times, Apr 01, 1968
  15. The Times Apr 18, 1969
  16. The Times, Oct 26, 1971
  17. The Times, Mar 16, 1972
  • The Times, Nov 23, 1938