Brush was founded by an American inventor called Charles Francis Brush, born 1849 he was an expert in his field gaining the respect of many for his pioneering work in electrical generation, lighting and motors as well as transformers. The Brush Company and the Falcon Company, with their established skills of electrical engineering and transport engineering, became Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd with the manufacturing facility at Loughborough, where Brush Transformers still operates today. Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd progressed into one of the pioneer firms in the development of machines for the introduction of electric light, and in the manufacture of direct current generators, alternators, transformers and early forms of traction equipment. By 1957 the Brush Group was acquired by Hawker Siddeley and new investments were made. Eventually the various divisions of Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd became independent of one another based on their distinctive and individual product ranges, and Brush Transformers Limited came to fruition in 1971. The Hawker Siddeley Group was acquired by BTR plc in November 1991, and in November 1996 its Electric Power Group was sold to FKI, who formed a dedicated Transformers Division. On 1 July 2008, Melrose plc completed the acquisition with FKI, Melrose being a specialist investor in the manufacturing industry, is now registered on the London Stock Exchange.