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of Vulcan Works, Patricroft, near Manchester.
Manufacturers and suppliers of steel forgings for the gas and oil engine industry in Great Britain.
1900 Business started by Edwin Shackleton and Ernest Mitchell in partnership.
1907 Private company formed
1920 Company incorporated under the same name. One of the leading suppliers of crankshafts
1936 Public company formed to take over the private company of the same name. Also specialists in machine made forgings and stampings, chiefly for the motor and allied trades. The founders would continue as joint managing directors for at least 5 years.
1937 Crankshafts and forgings.
1960 Mr Francis J. Somers appointed a director
1963 Take-over offer accepted - Mitchell Somers formed.
1974 Pressure Dynamics liquidated.
1975 Jessel Securities held 11% of the shares in Mitchell Somers.
1975 Johnson and Firth Brown held 25% of the shares in Mitchell Somers
1977 Acquired Wolverhampton Die-Casting Co.
1980 Purchase of assets from John Farbon and Co, dealers in certain household goods. Acquired Tritube Ltd.