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of Gorton, Manchester. Telephone: East 1251/2 (2 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Climax, Gorton".
1868 Founded by Frederick William Follows.
1870s: Maker of horticultural appliances
Early 1880s: began developing a business in paint mills and drug machinery of all descriptions, from small bench machines to large granite mills driven by power.
1889 An improved paint mill.
1890 Details of their new paint grinding mill.
1893 Issued 'Monthly Circular' of products made by themselves and others
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Side-drive and Roller Lawn Mowers, Garden Seats, Garden Barrows, Grindstones, Chimney Cowls, Ventilators, Hose Reels, Tennis Markers, Marmalade Machines, Potato Chippers, Slicers, Bread Cutters, Wringer Stands, Lawn Sprayer and Tidy. (Stand No.A.427 and A.322) 
1938 Absorbed by Qualcast
1945 Patent - Improvements in or relating to wringing machines and the like.
1951 Patent - Improvements in or relating to the mounting of cylindrical housings, shells or bushes.
1969 Part of Birmid Qualcast (Home and Garden Equipment)