The Private Limited Companies:
1918 to 1939
After the war the company underwent a radical reorganisation and,
rather belatedly compared with other companies of a similar size,
became incorporated. Four limited companies were set up in
1918: John Thomson Wolverhampton Ltd; John Thompson
Dudley Ltd; John Thompson Water Tube Boilers Ltd; John
Thompson Motor Pressings Ltd. This seems to be the start of
the company’s practice of running different departments as different
limited companies, all of them subsidiaries of the main company.
||A Lancashire boiler being
hauled out of the works at Millfields Road, at an
1919 the company took over Taylor Windows of Shepherd Street,
Wolverhampton and formed the Beacon Windows Company to carry on the
business, building new works to do so. This company was run as
a separate company until it was amalgamated with Motor Pressings in
December 1966 to form John Thompson Pressings Division.
|An early but undated photo
showing the works at Ketchem's Corner with Millfields
Road, Parkfield Road and with the railway goods yard.
the company continued to expand their range of products and services
expanded too. In the 1920 the Motor Pressings company alone
was subdivided into:
Department for Motor Car Work, chassis side members and
cross members; wings, body panels, dash plates, petrol
tanks, exhaust pipes, tool boxes, motor cycle mudguards,
tread plates, aeroplane cowls and engine plates; and so on.
Sheet Metal Department, producing such things as pail
and paint kegs and drums, storage bins, elevator buckets,
ship’s ash buckets, dustbins, steel washers and “all kinds
of odd iron plate work”.
Department, producing chassis frames, under carriage and
bogie frames for railways, pressed steel sleepers, brake
drums, hub caps, axle casings, pressed steel work for
concrete construction and “steel blankings every size and
Constructional Department producing ladders and
galleries of all descriptions, water softening plant, water
cooling tanks, oil tanks, riveted pipelines, exhaust pipes,
hoppers, bunkers, steel chimneys, constructional steel work
and general iron plate work.
Department which “can repair or replace damaged frames
of any design, British, colonial, continental or American”.
||A business postcard,
postmarked 1939, says that "this Thompson boiler has
worked for 30 years and is still working at 230 lbs
daily pressure". This means it was a product of
1919 or before. It is shown being shipped by
railway. The railway line ran alongside John
1936 John Thompson Engineering was registered as a public company
with a share capital of £1 million and each of the Thompson group
companies became subsidiaries of this new company