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Joseph Waine and Co

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Lock, latch and bolt makers, and brass and iron founders, of Imperial Works, Wood Street, Willenhall

of New Griffin Works, Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton (1913)

Joseph Waine had three sons: John Vincent Waine, G. A. Waine and Horace T. Waine.

c.1910 John Vincent Waine and G. A. Waine started the Vulcan Manufacturing Co at Blackheath, Birmingham. The company manufactured heel tips, toe plates with the most up to date machinery in the world. The factory turned out 288,000 pairs of heels per week, under their Vulcan brand name. Other products included: brass, chromium-plated and special finishes, stainless steel, garage bolts, cabinet bolts, shelf brackets, aluminium door and gate latches, casement stays and fasteners, hasps and staples, hinges, brass and steel gate and tee, gutter brackets, swivel ties, tinned angle brackets, rim, dead and mortice locks, latches, padlocks, stamped brassware and household soldering sets.

1913 the Directors decided to move the three factories to one site to improve the company's efficiency. In June a large disused works was purchased in Colliery Road, Wolverhampton and the three factories were combined under one roof, and called the New Griffin Works.

1914 Merchants and manufacturers. Specialities: locks of all descriptions, door bolts, safes, hinges, rabbit traps, combs, floor tiles, brass foundry, tools and general hardware. Employees 180. [1]

1928 Theo Waine and his brother Mr. G. A.Waine, took over the Wearwell Cycle Co Ltd. from the liquidators of the Wulfruna Engineering Co Ltd. Their sons, H. V. Waine and T. A. Waine, were issued with one ordinary share each, and were appointed directors. The new company was registered as the Wearwell Cycle Co. (1928) Ltd. Purchased the plant, tools and stock-in-trade of the cycle manufacturing side of the Vulcan Manufacturing Co. (Wolverhampton) Ltd.

1931 Vulcan Manufacturing Co. (Wolverhampton) Ltd issued 6,000 ordinary shares

1931 the factory was expanded and the production of Wolf motor cycles was restarted under this company.

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Sources of Information

  • Cogent, Wearwell and Waine [1]