In 1953 Qualcast came to
Wolverhampton after purchasing the Swan Garden site,
and the nearby Crane Foundry.
Several new buildings were
erected at Swan Garden, some of which still stand
today. In the factory Qualcast produced a range of
castings from 0.5 to 3 hundredweights for motor
cars, commercial vehicles, farm tractors, stationary
engines, electric motors, refrigerators, and
domestic water heaters.
Things started to go wrong
during the recession of the 1970s when many of the
country’s foundries closed.
Qualcast was hit hard by a
series of industrial disputes and the Swan Garden
Foundry lost a lot of orders due to the recession in
the tractor industry, which resulted in the
workforce being reduced from 420 to 280.
The work’s output fell from 500
to 290 tons per week, which proved to be