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1970 Tonks Holdings acquired William Newman and Sons, forming Newman-Tonks[1]

1978 Acquired Econa Modern Products[2]

1982 Peter Anderson and Peter Haywood were appointed in management.[3]

c.1983 Acquired Jeavons Engineering Co[4]

1985 Sold Econa Castings[5]. Newman-Tonks won a battle to take-over R. Cartwright Holdings[6]

1986 Newman-Tonks held off a take-over bid by McKechnie Brothers[7] but acquired Peerless.

1991 Newman-Tonks acquired the Worcester Parsons door and window fittings business from McKechnie Metals[8]

1997 Acquired by US company Ingersoll-Rand[9]. Sold NT Jenkins, window timber business, to its management[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 15, 1970
  2. The Times, Jul 05, 1978
  3. The Engineer 1982/02/25
  4. The Times, Feb 06, 1985
  5. The Times, Jun 25, 1985
  6. The Times, Aug 01, 1985
  7. The Times, March 12, 1986
  8. The Times, February 05, 1991
  9. The Times, January 28, 1997
  10. The Times, January 30, 1997