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Ronald Wild

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Ronald Wild (1888-1972) of the Rustless Iron and Steel Corporation of America

1888 February 25th. Born in Sheffield the son of Mark Henry Wild, teacher, and his wife Kate Ellen Howard

1891 Living at 331 Crookesmoor Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield: Mark Henry Wild (age 36 born Sheffield), Private tutor... With his wife Kate Ellen Wild (age 29 born Sheffield) and their three sons; Horace Wild (age 5 born Sheffield); Alwyn Howard Wild (age 4 born Sheffield); and Ronald Wild (age 2 born Sheffield).[1]

1921 Announcement. 'Mr. Ronald Wild, who was associated for 14 years with the steel department of William Jessop and Sons, has improved the rustless iron and steel process so that the new product gives greater strength at lower cost. The old method was costly, owing the necessity of using the alloy ferro-chromium, and in endeavouring to cheapen the production of that Mr. Ronald Wild developed process bearing his name of producing rustless iron and steel by the direct production of the chromium from the chromium ore in its natural state. It has not only entirely eliminated a costly Intermediate operation but demonstrated the feasibility of producing a greatly superior metal. At the time the saving effected was about £20 per ton, while even to-day, with the price of ferro-chrome brought down by competition, the saving by the Wild process put at well over £10 per ton. The special point about the process is the cheap introduction into iron steel of chrome, which is the essential metal of any rustless alloy. It brings the outlay on production down to the cost of the raw material plus the cost of only one furnace operation.'[2]

See the Darlington Rustless Steel and Iron Co

1972. Died in Cornwall.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. Sheffield Independent - Tuesday 23 February 1932