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1870 Joseph Baker and Sons founded in Canada
1902 Became public company
1922 Major fire at Peterborough works
1923 Name changed to Baker, Perkins Ltd. Expansion at both Willesden and Peterborough
1924 Acquired assets of Aublet, Harry and Co Ltd, of Peterborough, makers of laundry equipment
1928 Minority holding in Forgrove Machinery Co of Leeds, makers of wrapping machinery
1931 Acquired minority interest in Peerless Electrical Manufacturing Co
1932 The David Thomson operations were moved to Peterborough and that company was liquidated.
1933 Reduction in demand due to the Depression; operations concentrated at Peterborough; Willesden was closed. Chance meeting with general manager of Sun Engraving Co of Watford led to construction of rotagravure colour printing press, based on the analogous chocolate refining machine. More than 20 of these machines were delivered in the next 6 years.
1937 Began work on cordite mixers, followed by machines to make detonators and parts for anti-aircraft guns.
WWII Production of a variety of munitions-related equipment including parts for Bofors guns
1942 Acquired major interest in Peerless Electrical Manufacturing Co which became a subsidiary.
1943 Amalgamated with Forgrove Machinery Co
1947 Introduction of profit-sharing scheme.
1954 Plan developed for future growth which included acquisition of suitable companies. Established a separate division for making chemical plant.
1957 Public company - quoted on the London Stock Exchange
1959 Acquired William Douglas and Sons Ltd, of Putney
1961 Group engaged as engineers, manufacturing principally machinery for baking, biscuit and confectionery trade, wrapping and packing machines, and machines for the plastics, paint, laundry, chemical, rubber and other industries. 5,200 employees
1961 Rights issue. Acquired Rose Brothers (Gainsborough) Ltd, packaging and wrapping machinery makers, the Northern Manufacturing Co Ltd makers of gears and gearboxes, William Jack and Sons of Glasgow, and James Halley and Sons makers of printing machinery.
1962 Installation of KDF6 computer
1963 Formation of Baker Perkins Holdings Ltd to separate Group responsibilities from management of the trading companies.
1960s Formation of Divisional structure; decision to run down the chocolate and confectionary machine production but orders did not disappear completely.
1967 Baker, Perkins brought together all of its packaging machinery businesses in Rose Forgrove Ltd.
1976 the West Bromwich factory of James Halley and Sons was closed and the work transferred to Peterborough.
1984 Re-entered chocolate machinery market by acquiring Westal, a small private company of Redditch.
1997 Taken over by Siebe, which later became Invensys.
2021 Baker Perkins history webpage here.