Pegler Yorkshire

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Pegler Yorkshire is a British manufacturer of valves and other engineering products. It is part of the Flow Control division of Aalberts Industries.[1]

The company has its head office in Doncaster, with four manufacturing sites in Leeds, Doncaster, Budapest and Jiangmen. In 2012, it employed over 1400 people.

History[edit]

Pegler Yorkshire was created in 2009[2][3] by the merger of Pegler Ltd and Yorkshire Fittings Ltd.

As Peglers Limited[edit]

Pegler Bros. & Company was founded in 1899 by Frank Pegler (d. 1938[4]) of the Northern Rubber Company of East Retford, Nottinghamshire, to manufacture plumbing fittings. The company was incorporated as Pegler Bros. & Company (Doncaster) Limited in 1914 and renamed "Peglers Limited" in 1932. In 1933, it employed 1,100 people.[5] It became a public company in 1935.[6] Another of the founders, Francis Egerton Pegler, died on 16 February 1957.[7] The company merged with another plumbing manufacturer in 1968 to become Pegler-Hattersley.[8]

As Yorkshire Fittings Ltd[edit]

The "Yorkshire" brand of plumbing fittings belonged to Yorkshire Copper Works Ltd of Leeds.[9] This company was founded in 1909 on the site of the former Elmore's Depositing Co.,[10] to manufacture copper and brass tubes for boilers. The company developed corrosion-resistant alloy products such as "Bemal" brass condenser tubes, "Leespec" copper boiler tubes and "Gumal" copper/tin tubes. In 1934, the "Yorkshire" solder-ring pipe fitting was patented and launched. In 1954, the Register of Trade Marks ruled that a geographical name such as "Yorkshire" was not sufficiently distinctive to be registered as a brand name,[11] but this did not stop it becoming a generic term for this type of pipe fitting.

In 1958, the works merged with the Metals Division of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) to form Yorkshire Imperial Metals.[12] Yorkshire Copper Works (Holdings), representing the copper works, owned 50% and ICI owned the other 50%. In 1962 ICI created Imperial Metal Industries (IMI) to look after its half-share of YIM.[13] In 1968 IMI bought Yorkshire's half-share in the business.[14][15] Yorkshire Fittings then became IMI Yorkshire Fittings.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Are Pegler Yorkshire?, Pegler Yorkshire website, accessed 1 July 2012
  2. ^ a b "£20m boost for manufacturing defies slump",". Yorkshire Post. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pegler and Yorkshire merge". Housing. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Peglers Limited" (annual report), The Times, 19 May 1938, p.23
  5. ^ "Another Doncaster Firm Reduces Hours", The Times, 19 August 1933, p.10
  6. ^ "Peglers Limited" (share issue notice), The Times, 10 October 1935, p.19
  7. ^ "Peglers Limited" (annual report), The Times, 4 July 1957, p.16
  8. ^ "Pegler Holdings–Hattersley Holdings", The Times, 12 September 1968, p.20
  9. ^ "Yorkshire Copper Works" (annual meeting), The Times, 9 June 1945, p.9
  10. ^ Yorkshire Potable integral solder ring fittings, IMI Yorkshire Fittings Limited, accessed 1 July 2012
  11. ^ "Geographical Name Not Apt As Trade Mark", The Times, February 1926, 1954, p.12
  12. ^ "I.C.I. and Yorkshire Copper Works", The Times, 4 January 1958, p.12
  13. ^ "Imperial Metal Industries Limited–Share Offer", The Times, 7 March 1966, p.20
  14. ^ "Yorkshire Imperial Metals' profits soar above £6m", The Times, 2 November 1968, p.12
  15. ^ "Imperial Metal Industries Limited–Offer for Sale", The Times, 27 October 1977, p.28