Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd – Company Timeline

Redfearn & Bedford

Redfearn & Bedford founded by Richard Redfearn & Sam Bedford, at Kirklees Iron Works,  Brighouse. Specialist Wire-Drawing

Relocated to Calder Wire Mills, Birds Royd, Brighouse

1929

Death of Richard Redfearn

1937

Death of Samuel Bedford

Associated Company: Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd Founded, Manufacturer of wire milk crates & galvanised coat-hangers.

Acquired Calder Wire Mills site (Factory ‘A’) from The Beacon Dyeing Co. Ltd

Siddall & Hilton

Siddall & Hilton Ltd founded by Rowland Siddall & Thomas Hilton, Sowerby Bridge. Bedstead and woven wire mattress manufacturer

Operating 17 manufacturing & showroom premises around the UK and Dublin

Supplied beds to field and convalescent hospitals

1927

Death of Thomas Hilton

1939

Death of Rowland Siddall

Set up Subsidiary to supply hospital beds, & doctors’ surgery furniture for the new NHS (later became Sidhil Ltd & Medequip Ltd)

Redfearn & Bedford Ltd and Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd  merged with Siddall & Hilton Ltd

Merged with Redfearn & Bedford; acquired Arthur Dixon & Co. Ltd; wire-drawing to service the whole Group focused at Standard Wire

Acquired vacant land at the top of the site on Birds Royd Lane from Hopkinson & Shore Ltd

Pioneered the ‘Atlas Bronze’ lacquer coating for wire coathangers. Now Europe’s largest coathanger manufacturer

Wire Products (Brighouse) Ltd relocated & merged with Redfearn & Bedford. Factory Extended. Renamed Redfearns Wire Products Ltd.

Acquired Floral Wire Products Ltd. Acquired Tower Works (Factory ‘B’) from Kent Introl Ltd.

Acquired 1st EVG mesh welding machine – (A GRS/85)

Acquired 2nd EVG mesh welding machine – (an LGR/52)

Acquired Direct Wire Ties Ltd, Forpak Ltd & welding wire reels division of National Standard Co.

Acquired the assets of the Recoil Spring Company

Company re-named Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd

Acquired 3rd EVG mesh welding machine – (an ATT/102)

Acquired 4th EVG mesh welding machine (a GRS/144) – the largest mesh machine in the world

Acquired 5th EVG mesh welding machine – (an ATT/126)

Capacity scaled back: 1st EVG mesh welding machine – (GRS/85) sold to a company in Brazil

Management Buy-Out – Company acquired from the 4th Gen. Siddall family by Mantis Holdings Ltd

Site Acquired by Mantis Investments Ltd  Divested Container Handles & Cut Lengths Departments

Divested Furniture Springs Department

Second MBO – Business & Site Acquired by Blackfish Enterprises Ltd

125th Anniversary  (impacted by Covid-19 pandemic)

Invested in a 5th EVG welding machine – (an LGR102) & expanded the workforce by 25%