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1945 Formerly Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Co

1954 Building 2 nuclear reactor vessels for Calder Hall Power Station; finished a second wind tunnel for the National Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford[1].

1955 Joined the new Nuclear Power Plant Co[2].

1959 Delivered the first liquid methane storage tank made from aluminium[3].

1961 Engineers, builders and designers of capital plant for oil, atomic power, gas and chemical industries. Manufacturers of marine gauges and "Telepulse" gauging systems. 1,500 employees.[4]

1961 Agreement with Selas Corporation of USA to licence oil heaters and other process units[5].

1962 Acquired Express Tools of Chessington[6]. Acquired the Stooperdale part of the Darlington railway works which was due for closure; this was adjacent to the company's main works[7].

1964 Purchased Universal Fabricators (Dublin) Ltd., which was established in 1949. The property taken over comprised the free hold works, and the plant and machinery on a 16-acre site in Dublin.[8]

1964 First British order received for a steam naptha reforming plant (for making town gas) using the ICI process which was licensed to Selas Corporation[9].

1966 Formed joint venture with William Press and Sons to provide engineering and maintenance services for the petro-chemical industries[10].

1967 Acquired Aiton and Co[11].

1968 Took over the metal fabrication part of the business of Ashmore, Benson, Pease and Co with help from the Industrial Reorganization Corporation[12].

1968 Contract from Badger for six chemical columns and reactor vessels for the heavy organic chemicals Division for the ICI North Tees works.[13]

1968 Acquired Malone Precision Tool[14].

1973 Sold the 3 companies in the precision engineering division: Express Tools, Morgan and Brace and Malone Precision Tool to Rodd Engineering Co of Shepperton[15].

1974 Whessoe Systems and Controls developed a gauge to measure the levels of liquefied gas, lpg and chemicals which was adaptable for both land and sea.[16]

1974 Made losses on fixed-price contracts for N Sea oil work.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 7 July 1954
  2. The Times, 4 July 1955
  3. The Times, 22 June 1959
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, 3 July 1961
  6. The Times, 2 July 1962
  7. The Times, 20 November 1962
  8. The Engineer 1964/09/18
  9. The Times, 14 September 1964
  10. The Times, 17 February 1966
  11. The Times, 27 April 1967
  12. The Times, 22 March 1968
  13. The Engineer 1968/07/05 p9
  14. The Times, 10 December 1968
  15. The Times, 17 February 1973
  16. The Engineer 1974/04/18