Makers of commercial and domestic refrigeration equipment, of Birmingham, Theale, Fareham and Glasgow
1935 Pressed Steel Co was making Prestcold refrigerators (see advert)
1936 Private company formed as Refrigeration (Birmingham) Ltd to manufacture refrigerators; owned by Pressed Steel Co.
1959 Name changed.
1961 Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers. 100 employees.
1961 Company opened a new factory at Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea.
1963 Pressed Steel formed a commercial refrigeration division: Pressed Steel Commercial Refrigeration
1968 Prestcold Ltd, a subsidiary of British Leyland Motor Corporation bid for L. Sterne and Co in order to expand the refrigeration business which Leyland regarded as "developing" and sharing mass production techniques. This would double the size of the company
1981 David Abell, MD of BL Commercial Vehicles division, resigned from the company to devote his time to his interests in Suter Electrical which was negotiating with Leyland Vehicles for the purchase of Prestcold which it had been trying to sell for 2 years. Purchase completed after Suter raised money through a rights issue. Business reorganised into 4 autonomous unit.
1984 Suter sold Prestcold's SHUD division and 2 distribution subsidiaries to Copeland Corp of USA, which had acquired an option to buy 10% of Suter Electrical; Suter gained distribution rights to Copeland equipment.
Sources of Information
- The Times, Jul 26, 1963
- The Times, Sep 10, 1968
- The Times, Aug 26, 1970
- The Times, May 29, 1976
- The Times, May 14, 1976
- The Times, 17 January 1981
- The Times, 6 October 1981
- The Times, 17 February 1984