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Goodwin Barsby and Co

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Sourton Quarry with equipment by Frederick Parker and Goodwin Barsby and Co. Image taken in 2019.
Stone crusher. No 8448. Exhibit at the Snibston Discovery Museum.
1915. Double-Drive Crushing Rolls.
1915. Single-Drive Crushing Rolls.
1915. Gyratory Rock Breaker.
1915. Acme Rock Breaker.
1928. Concrete mixer.
December 1929.

of St. Margaret's Ironworks, Leicester, maker of stone crushing machinery

1875 Company founded by Robert Pochin, and (presumably) Samuel Bailey Goodwin and others

1895 Dissolution of the Partnership of Samuel Bailey Goodwin and Robert Pochin carrying on business as Iron and Brass Founders Engineers and Machinists at Star Foundry Church-gate, St. Margarets Foundry, Watling-street and Luke-street, Leicester under the style or firm of Goodwin Barsby and Co. All debts due were to be paid by Robert Pochin by whom the business would be continued on his own account under the previous name and style.[1]

Robert Francis Pochin and Harry S. Pochin were sons of one of the founders of the firm, joining the business at an early age.

1906 Death of Robert Pochin[2]

1919 Private company.

1954 Acquired by Aveling-Barford[3]

By 1960 Was a subsidiary of Aveling-Barford.[4] [5]

1961 Manufacturers of road, quarry, gravel and contractors plant, stone crushing and screening plant, asphalt and tarmacadam mixing plant, general ironfoundry and engineering work. 311 employees.

1966 Queens Award for Export Achievement

1970 Queens Award for Export

1973 Queens Award for Export

1982 Management buy-out

1989 the company was purchased by Boliden-Allis

Acquired by Svedala-Arbra

2001 Acquired by Metso Minerals during the Nordberg and Svedala merger.

2004 Company acquired by CMS Cepcor, Europe’s largest aftermarket supplier of crusher, screen and asphalt plant spares and service.

Thousands of Goodwin Barsby™ machines are still operating worldwide.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette, 8 March 1895
  2. BMD
  3. The Times, Jan 18, 1955
  4. The Times Feb 03, 1960
  5. Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p57