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Thomas Ratcliffe and Co

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March 1949.
1949. Moderna.

Blanket and cloth Manufacturers, of Moderna Mills, Mytholmroyd, near Halifax, Yorks. Telephone: Mytholmroyd 175. Cables: "Moderna"

1872 Business founded by Thomas Ratcliffe.[1]

1916 Incorporated as a private company

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Moderna" Lambswool Blankets, guaranteed 5 years Mothproof, Fadeless, Unshrinkable, Odourless. Coloured, White or Bordered. Retail and Export only. High-class Woollen and Mixture Cloths for women's and children's outerwear. Makers-up only. (Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stand No.266) [2]

1951 Public company incorporated

c.1968 Name changed to Moderna Moderna Ltd.[3]

1969 Introduced Warp Knitting machines.[4]

1970 Introduced Continental down-filled quilt.[5]

1972 Acquired Smith's Blankets (Witney) Ltd from Bodycote.[6]

1973 Name changed to Moderna (Witney);[7] Smiths Blankets returned to profit.[8]

1974 Changed from wool to acrylic fibre. Went into loss.[9] Agreed bid by Bond Worth Holdings.[10]

1976 Acquired by Sona Consultants who planned to close the old mill at Mytholmroyd and use another building to house modern and reconditioned production equipment[11] but were unable to gain the funds they needed.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 05, 1951
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair p227
  3. The Times, Sep 20, 1968
  4. The Times, Sep 18, 1969
  5. The Times, Sep 17, 1970
  6. The Times, May 04, 1972
  7. The Times, Feb 15, 1973
  8. The Times, Jul 20, 1973
  9. The Times, Feb 15, 1977
  10. The Times, Oct 30, 1974
  11. The Times, Feb 15, 1977