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Whitehouse Industries

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May 1962.
August 1962.

Whitehouse Industries Ltd. of Pontefract.

c.1936/8[1] John Leonard King, at the age of 19, established his own business, Whitehouse Motors, in Guildford, Surrey, with finance from some local builders and helped by a Ford sub-agency.

WWII: the motor business failed but an engineering sideline, manufacturing components for aero engines, continued and expanded. King acquired some modern American machine tools through the lend-lease programme, giving the business a major advantage when the war ended.

1942 Private company.

1946 Whitehouse Precision Tool and Engineering Co was wound up as part of a reconstruction involving Whitehouse Industries, chairman J L King.[2]

Production was moved to Yorkshire; King brought in skilled engineers from the Midlands to train his workforce. Produced miscellaneous products, from ballpoint pens to steel ladders

By 1949 was a subsidiary of W. E. Hughes and Co. The company was fully engaged supplying cases for the Biro Ball Pointed pen.[3]

1961 Manufacturers of Philidas patent self-locking nuts, anchor nuts, clinch nuts, and wheel nuts.[4]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Fastenings.[5]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 15, 1983
  2. The London Gazette, 17 May 1946
  3. The Times, Sep 01, 1949
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. 1963 Motor Show
  • Biography of John Leonard King, ODNB
  • Obituary of Lord King, The Times, July 13, 2005