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The modern Winget Production unit

Winget are best known for Dumper manufacture. The firm was founded in Hartlepool as the (UK) Winget Concrete Machine Company in 1908, with the UK rights to a moulded concrete block machine developed in America. Latter the firm was based in Gloucestershire. They are now part of the Seddon Construction Group and based in Bolton Lancashire.

HistoryEdit

The firm like many engineering firms had many different associate firms and owners over the years, including Muir-Hill, Babcock and Wilcox, Sanderson and others.

The Company was founded by a Mr.John Faulder Burn in 1908 after he had seen a new Block moulding machine in America, in 1906. He bought the UK rights to the new invention from the Winget Concrete Moulding Company, for the sum of $5000 (Dollars). He then invented the pan mixer to produce accurately batched concrete to feed the moulding machine. This was followed by the creation in about 1915 of the Tilting Drum Warwick mixer. The company then developed all sorts of concrete related machinery for precast production. John Faulder Burn Died in 1929 leaving a flourishing inventive company.[1]

The Company had established a manufacturing facility in Warwick but in the 1930's moved to Rochester in Kent in a move that only lost one days production. The new site a Rochester had an available pool of skilled labour as other engineering firms had suffered in the depression and shut down. The works being the old Aveling & Porter factory, vacated when they merged with Barford & Perkins and moved to Grantham, following the collapse of the Agriculture and General Engineering Group (AGE).

In 1932 they built an automated batch plant with an output of 130 tons per day, using automatic weighting of materials that was operated by one man. The boom in construction of projects like dam building and roads increased demand for such products.

In 1938 the company had entered the refrigeration business with a joint venture with the Dole of American company, to build refrigeration plant and shop display fridges.

In 1958 Winget group consisted of nine companies:-

  • Winget Ltd - Main Holding company
  • Winget-Syncro Ltd - Wire drawing machinery
  • Winget Refrigeration Ltd - Refrigerated storage
  • John North (Founders & Engineers) Ltd - Foundry division
  • Plant Engineering Services (Exeter) Ltd
  • Winget Africa (PTY) Ltd - Export operation
  • Moores Plant Ltd
  • Aidu Equipment Co Ltd
  • Winget Services Ltd

Muir-Hill acquisitionEdit

Main article: Muir-Hill

The company took over the Muir-Hill of Manchester in 1959. The Winget group moved Muir-#hills production to Gloucester, in the former "Gloucester Railway Carriage and Waggon Company Ltd" works, under the company name of E. Boydell Ltd but trading as "Muir-hill".[2]

Babcock eraEdit

Then holding company Winget Gloucester Ltd was taken over by Babcock and Wilcox Ltd in 1968. Following a Corporate reorganisation by B&W in 1971 Muir-Hill and Winget became part of the Babcock Construction Equipment Division which then in 1979 became part of Babcock International Ltd after Babcock and Wilcox Ltd was re-organised again.

Babcock Construction Equipment became Babcock Construction Ltd in 1978, formed from the former Winget Gloucester Ltd holding Co. with the Blaw-Knox and Allat companies also merged in to the group. Then in October 1982 parent company Babcock decided to divest some non core activities, and sold the division to the German IBH Group subsidiary Wilbau AG.

IBH Group subsequently collapsed in November 1983. The IBH Group was broken up and sold off by the receivers. Blaw-Knox was sold off to the American White Consolidated Industries. The Winget Synchro Lrd business and some others were not part of the new construction division and were later disposed of. Winget Syncro, Babcock Wire Equipment, B&F Carter and Hanson & Edwards are now divisions of Cable Machinery Spares Ltd. The product range encompasses wire drawing, stranding, braiding and cable extrusion equipment.[3]

Sanderson take overEdit

Main article: Sanderson

The Sanderson (Forklifts) Ltd company of Croft in Lincolnshire bought the Winget and Muir-Hill companies of the receiver in June 1984. Sanderson was founded in 1967 to build forklift Attachments and then started building rough terrain forklifts based on tractor Skid units in 1971. Sandersons also bought the Priestmans of Hull excavators and cranes business. But with a recession on in the construction and farming industries by November 1990 Sandersons also collapsed.

The Seddon Group from Cheshire's subsidiary Seddon (Plant and Engineering) Ltd bought the Winget business and moved it to Bolton, in Lancashire. The company is still based in Lancashire and Building Dumper trucks and concrete mixers. The Muir-Hill business and Priestman went to Aveling-Barford at Grantham.[4] (Aveling subsequently sold Muir-Hill off to LLoyd Loaders (MH) Ltd of Yorkshire.

Seddon GroupEdit

Seddon are a construction based company with a history going back to the 1897 when two brothers, George and John Seddon, set up as builders in Little Hulton, Manchester. In 1957, The Seddon Group was formed from G&J Seddon Ltd, established in 1920, and Seddon (Stoke) Ltd, established by John Seddon's three sons in 1957.

Winget Ltd was (re)formed in 1990 to take over the manufacture the Winget Brand of site equipment from Sandersons. Winget is now based in Bolton near to G&J Seddons office in Bolton. The Seddon Group Headquarters is based in Holmes Chaple in Cheshire.[5] The Seddon Group are a £240 million pound t/o Construction based group with interests in building houses, commercial developments, joinery and services.

Model rangeEdit

Winget model 42 tractor at GDSF

A Winget Model 42 at GDSF 2008

Early productsEdit

  • Patented Concrete moulding machinery
  • Concrete skips (Barrows) - used extensively in the 2nd world war for works to build the floating Harbours for D-day.
  • Invented the early Pan mixers to go with the moulding machinery.
  • Post War the main product was the site dumper.
  • Concrete site Batch mixers (before static batching plants)
  • Built ever larger static Batch plants for factories and Civil Engineering projects.
  • A Compact tractor with a Lister Petter engine. with optional Loader,called the model 42

GalleryEdit

Current productsEdit

  • Tracked dumper/carriers
  • Site dumpers - 2-wd and 4-wd models
  • ADT 10 ton dumper
  • Site concrete mixers, and portable site batch mixers (Mechanically fed mixers)
  • Pan mixers

Preserved machineryEdit

Winget 1 ton dumper of B.Colson at Strumpshaw 09 - IMG 0001

A Winget 1 ton dumper at Strumpshaw

Winget 42 MK1 at (H15) Carrington 2010 - IMG 4422

Winget Model 42 MK1 in the ring at Carrington Steam and Tractor Rally 2010 giving a tow to a Trusty Tractor that would not restart

Tractors

A few examples of the Winget 42 tractors have been seen on the vintage vehicle rally scene.

Dumpers

Template:PML Winget

Prices & ValuesEdit

  • A Tractor was sold at the Cheffins sale at Sutton in April 2000 for $575 (about £400), condition unknown.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. First Fifty years of Winget A company history published in the 1950's
  2. Ford Tractor Conversions, by Stuart Gibard, P 180
  3. WWW.Wingetsynchro.CO.UK part of the CMS group
  4. Ford Tractor Conversions by Stuart Gibbard, p 198
  5. Seddon group company structure
  6. Hugh Manning Tractor & Machinery Museum Inc. of Western Australia
  7. Motorbase auction results

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