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Halesowen Steel Co

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July 1910.
January 1920.
Dec 1921.

Halesowen Steel Co Ltd, of Halesowen near Birmingham, manufacturers of Bright Steel bars

1908 Private company, formed for purpose of entering agreement with Frederick Davies Green about special processes in relation to manufacture of steel bars[1].

1936 Converted into a public company on 31 December. 10 acre site close to the L.M.S. and G.W.R. railways. Its products were used in the general and electrical engineering industries, in manufacture of motor cars, aeroplanes and munitions

WWII production largely devoted to shell casings for Bofors guns

1962 Announcement of negotiations with W. T. Flather of Sheffield , a company in similar business, about amalgamation[2].

1963 Flather Halesowen formed.

1963 On behalf of the former shareholders in W. T. Flather, Kleinwort Benson purchased 400,000 shares in Flather Halesowen, formerly Halesowen Steel Co[3].

1965 The integration of the Flather and Halesowen companies had been completed; the 2 constituent companies continued to have separate boards in the new entity.

1975 The Halesowen site was redeveloped as the Shenstone Estate, consisting of factories and warehouses.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 5 April 1937
  2. The Times, 11 August 1962
  3. The Times, 7 January 1963