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Tees Paper Mills

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at Yarm, North Yorkshire

1889 'Reopening of the Tees Paper Mills at Yarm. — These mills, after standing for nearly four months, have been restarted. During the stoppage the new proprietors, Mr W. H. Benington and Mr Geo. Benington (London), have made considerable alterations and additions. In the pulping department, in place of an old beam engine, a new large horizontal engine (150 h.p.) by Messrs Buckley and Taylor, of Oldham, has been laid down for driving the rag engines, rag boilers, chopper, &c, and it embraces all the latest and most economical improvements, all power being taken by six rope belts direct from the fly-wheel. Messrs Bentley and Jackson, of Oldham, have put in a new spherical revolving boiler (9 feet diameter) ) driven by their patent differential gear, two additional washing and breaking engines. 13 feet by 6 feet 3 inches, and two beating engines of the same size, with new gearing and shafting I throughout the mill. The paper-making machinery has also been altered and enlarged, Messrs Bentley and Jackson supplying a pair of second press rolls, and six new drying cylinders, as well as Millal's patent rag chopper to chop eight tons in twelve hours, and a new driving engine with the necessary gearing, shafting, change wheels, and stuff pump. The engine foundations and other structural alterations have been put in by Mr W. C. Atkinson, of Stockton. With these alterations and additions the output will be trebled, and the Tees mill will be as good a mill for the manufacture of glazed browns and other qualities of paper as any in the trade ; and a further incentive will be given for good work, which apparently is the aim of the manager, Mr Richard Squire. Paper-bag making is also a feature of this mill, the firm having in operation three of Bumstead's paper-bag machines and two printing machines.'[1]


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  1. Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 13th March 1889