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W. A. Baker and Co

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Engineering and foundry business, of Westgate Works, Newport, Mon.

1880 Business established[1].

Made a swing bridge to cross the Bude Canal[2]

1938 Whitehead Iron and Steel Co acquired a controlling interest in W. A. Baker and Co[3] as it would be a convenient local source of ferrous and non-ferrous castings for use by Whiteheads[4].

WWII New foundry constructed

1946 Major expansion and refurbishment to provide modern engineering department to serve the Whitehead Iron and Steel Co as well as supply iron and brass castings at competitive prices to various external customers[5].

1957 After several years of closer working with Black-Clawsen of USA, W. A. Baker and Co was acquired by Black-Clawson International[6].

1969 Industrial Division of Black-Clawson International[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 24 August 1946
  2. 'Archive' No. 81, March 2014
  3. The Times, 12 June 1939
  4. The Times, 24 August 1946
  5. The Times, 24 August 1946
  6. The Times, 16 May 1957
  7. 1969 Advert