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RCM Products - Company History

History Timeline

1883 - Business founded.

1911 - Private company incorporated to acquire business. Installed their patented system of panel warming incorporating fresh air ventilation in the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool.

1946 - Company made public. Subsidary companies:

  • Air Ducts
  • Crittall Kitchen Equipment Co
  • Dulrae Manufacturing Co
  • Grierson Magnetic Valve Co

1947 - Richard Crittall Mechanisations was formed. Factories at Brentford, Chiswick, Kensington, Stoke- on-Trent and Glasgow.

1948 - Receiver appointed to manage the company.

1949 - Reconstruction had been completed and new managers appointed. By the mid-1950s the company was profitable and expanding.

1958 - Acquired Thomas McDowell, old established ventilation engineers.

1960 - Acquired Maddock and Wright, heating and ventilation engineers of Leicester; was working with William Beardmore and Co to develop the Beardmore-Crittall radiant heating system for hospitals, schools, offices, etc.

1961 - Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, electrical and marine engineers with works and branches throughout United Kingdom.

1963 - Acquired Supervents, ventilation and air conditioning engineers and maker of fittings 1960s Acquired Z.D. Berry and Sons.

1967 - Acquired Zest Equipment maker of fittings. Richard Crittall Holdings merged its subsidiaries Richard Crittall and Co and Z.D Berry and Sons into one unit called Richard Crittall and Z. D. Berry, in order to respond to the increase in size of contracts offered.

1968 - Acquired by Crown House which formed a new subsidiary, Wheeler Crittall Berry, for the contracting companies that were part of the group

1973 - Wheeler Crittall Berry was joined with Furse Installations to become Crown House Engineering. Acquired by the Myson Group to complement their range of ventilation equipment.

1991 - Myson Group acquired by Vent Axia Industrial Division.

1993 - Acquired by Eaton-Williams Group run as a division of Copperad.

1994 - Operating as an independent company within the group.

1996 - Now part of the Scotswood Industries plc group.

2007 - Acquired by board of three directors.

2014 - Acquired by Andrew Ward Baines and now being run as a private company. Mr. Baines worked at the company for some 17 years as the Production / Factory Manager prior to buying the company.

RCM Products
12-14 Sunbeam Road
Kempston
Bedford
MK42 7BY

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