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1959 Merger of J. and E. Hall with Thermotank, forming Hall-Thermotank[1]

1959 Acquired Vent-Axia[2]

1963 Acquired Searle Manufacturing[3]

1963 Marine sales had fallen from 45 percent of the total in 1959/60 to 31 percent in 1963[4]

1968 Sold lifts and escalators subsidiary to Otis[5]

1969 Formation of Hall Thermotank International to handle the international parts of the business

1970 Hall Thermotank International acquired the heavy industrial refrigeration contracting division of Prestcold Sterne [6]

1976 Sold Searle Manufacturing to Prestcold[7]

1976 Acquired by APV in an agreed bid[8]

1978 The Paracon packaged air conditioning equipment business was transferred to Refrigeration Appliances, part of the Delta Group; the business was moved to the Haverhill factory[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 23, 1959
  2. The Times, Jun 25, 1959
  3. The Times, Feb 18, 1964
  4. The Times, Mar 10, 1964
  5. The Times, Aug 28, 1968
  6. The Times, Aug 26, 1970
  7. The Times, May 14, 1976
  8. The Times, Nov 17, 1976
  9. The Times, Aug 05, 1978