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Glenfield (company)

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Glenfield was a large industrial manufacturing company based in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. At its height it was reckoned to be the largest company of its type in the Commonwealth.


Company history

The major growth period was between 1871 and 1904, under the direction of Thomas Kennedy (nephew of Thomas Kennedy, senior). ‘The Glen' became an important hydraulic engineering concern in Britain , with substantial export orders to most parts of the world.

  • 1863 - Kennedy Patent Water Meter Co Ltd was formed.
  • 1865 - the Glenfield Co Ltd was formed to supply castings and undertake general foundry work. The two companies shared a site.
  • 1899 - the two companies merged to form Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd.
  • 1921 - British Pitometer Co Ltd formed as a subsidiary
  • 1940s - acquired Alley & MacLellan Ltd, founded in 1875 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, manufactured valves and later compressors, vacuum pumps and steam engines.
  • 1954 - Private company.
  • 1982 - Low Glencairn Street site demolished. Manufacture continues at new site off Queens Drive
  • 1985 - Acquired by Biwater
  • 1996 - Sale of the valves operation by Biwater.
  • 1998 - Sale of penstocks and pumps business by Biwater
  • 2001 - Glenfield Valves became a member of AVK Holding A/S.
  • Major projects

    Glenfield and Kennedy were involved in a number of major projects through the years, some of which are listed below:

  • 1938 - 1986. Supply of floodgates to the London Underground.
  • 1942 -supply of valves for PLUTO, the PipeLine Under The Ocean associated with World War II's Operation Overlord.
  • References

    Glenfield (company) Wikipedia

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