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Metal merchants and producers of copper sulphate, titanium sponge and other materials, of Rotton Park Street, Birmingham; of Widnes.

1871 Duncan McKechnie estbalished business in St Helens (Duncan McKechnie) for copper extraction[1]

1891 Two of Duncan's sons, Daniel and Alexander McKechnie formed a partnership in copper and silver refining in Widnes.

1897 Established a brass ashes washing plant at Rotton Part Street, Birmingham.

1898 Duncan McKechnie, a third son of Duncan Senior, joined the partnership

1909 The brass ash plant was moved to Trafford Park, Manchester and replaced with foundry equipment moved from Blaydon-on-Tyne.

1914 Daniel McKechnie died

1915 Incorporated as a limited company to acquire the business of Alexander and Duncan McKechnie

1937 Extruded brass and bronze rods, section and stamping manufacturers. "Tank" Pressings and Stampings. "Velveto" Antifriction Metal Ingots. [2]

1953 Company converted into public company, manufacturers of non-ferrous metals and heavy chemicals

1956 Public offer of shares[3] but the family continued to hold 70 percent of the shares. Worcester Brass Co maker of brass hinges, was a subsidiary.

1957 Acquired Aluminium Die Castings (Birmingham) Ltd[4]

1959 Transferred the brass extrusion plant to the new factory built in Aldridge.

1960 The new subsidiary Aluminium Die Castings (Birmingham) Ltd had not yet made a profit but was expected to do so soon. The Stratford plant making solder was profitable as was Worcester Brass Co[5]

By 1970 Subsidiaries included McKechnie Metals and Harrison (Birmingham), makers of Drape curtain rails; the company sold its interest in Mackamax Aluminium to American Metal Climax[6]

1986 Failed in a bid to take-over Newman-Tonks[7]. Acquired PSM, fasteners[8]

1987 Name changed to McKechnie; acquired Trent Valley Plastics[9]

1994 Acquired Linread in an agreed take-over[10]

2005 Melrose acquired McKechnie Group[11]

2007 Part of the Group, McKechnie Aerospace, was sold by Melrose[12]

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Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  1. The Times, Feb 06, 1956
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times, Feb 02, 1956
  4. The Times December 20, 1957
  5. The Times, December 16, 1960
  6. The Times, Jul 15, 1970
  7. The Times, March 12, 1986
  8. The Times, August 19, 1986
  9. The Times, April 16, 1987
  10. The Times, May 12, 1994
  11. The Times, April 22, 2005
  12. The Times, March 24, 2007