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G. and J. Weir Holdings

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of Glasgow

1871/2 James Weir and his brother George Weir formed a partnership as consulting engineers G. and J. Weir and Co, based in Liverpool.

1873 They moved to Glasgow.

1886 Company founded.

1895 Private company.

1946 Company made public.

1959 G. and J. Weir Holdings Ltd formed as the holding company[1]; held 50 percent interest in foundry company Weir-Catton. Subsidiaries included:

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of condensing and de-aerating plant, seawater evaporating and drilling installations, high speed steam engines, fine filtering and pumping plant, steam and water valves and mechanical equipment for marine oil and process industries. Makers of the largest "fresh water from the sea water" plant in the world, dredger builders. 8,200 employees.[2]

1961 Booker McConnell Group and G. and J. Weir Holdings jointly acquired Pulsometer Engineering Co; each purchaser took the parts of the company that they wanted[3].

1964 Acquired the whole issued ordinary share capital of E. Jopling and Sons Ltd., steel founders, Sunderland, for cash consideration of £326, 727.[4]

c.1969 After several years when the group had been referred to as Weir Group, the name seems to have been formally adopted.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 09, 1959
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times, Jun 12, 1962
  4. The Engineer 1964/08/28