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Howell and Co

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June 1888. Steel tubes.
December 1889.
January 1896.
May 1896.
April 1903.
December 1906.
1913. "Super-Vitrite" High speed tool steel.
September 1913.
Dec 1921.

Tube makers of Sheffield Tube Works Wincobank, Sheffield (1922)

of Brook Steel Works, Sheffield.

1874 'Joseph Bennett Howell, is a steel manufacturer, residing at Sheffield, carrying on business under the style of Messrs. Howell and Co'[1]

Business established by Joseph Bennett Howell and his son Samuel Earnshaw Howell

1884 Patents. 'Joseph Bennett Howell, and Samuel Earnshaw Howell, both of High Court Chambers, High-street Sheffield, for improvements in the manufacture of crank axles; Joseph Bennett Howell and Samuel Earnshaw Howell, both of High Court Chambers, High street, Sheffield, for improvements in the manufacture of blocks, slabs, plates, and bars for armour, ordnance, and other useful purposes (complete specification).'[2]

1922 Manufactured weldless steel tubes, superheater flue tubes and elements, lapwelded steel or iron tubes, gas, water, steam and hydraulic tubing high-speed steel, tool steel, non-corrodible steel files, etc.[3]

Amalgamated with the Brook Steel and File Works

1930 Two large tube makers Stewarts and Lloyds and Tube Investments entered into an agreement to reduce duplication [4]. Although this was to “facilitate exchange of information and technology” it resulted in Stewarts and Lloyds gaining a half interest in the Bromford Tube Co of Erdington, Birmingham and then acquiring the other half in 1945; and in Howell and Co Sheffield, this being given up in 1938.

1971 Tube Investments's subsidiary Howell and Co, part of the steel tube division, was to be closed [5].

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Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Independent - Wednesday 22 April 1874
  2. Derby Daily Telegraph - Thursday 21 August 1884
  3. 1922 Who's Who In Engineering: Company H
  4. The Times, 11 October 1930
  5. The Times, 14 January 1971