History

Wild Barfield (incorporating Barlow Whitney) was established in 1917 and acquired by the Almor Group in 1998. the Almor Group has expanded through the aquisition of a number of well-known names in furnace building such as Incandescent, Birlec, British Furnaces, Gibbons, Metalectric, CGE (Consultant Gas Engineers) under Wellman Furnaces and Wild Barfield /Barlow Whitney.

 

 

1904

Where it all started

The combination of Almor and Wellman businesses within this division can trace their histories back to 1904, and incorporates the businesses and technology from several well respected UK furnace builders.

Wellman Smith Owen Engineering Corporation, a large British engineering company derived from Samuel T.Wellman, a steel industry pioneer. It was based at Parnell House on Wilton Road in London, next to London Victoria Station supplying furnaces to the British Steel Industry.

In August 1965 it split into several subsidiaries, including Wellman Machines (at Darlaston, Staffs), Wellman Incandescent Furnace Company (at Darleston, Staffs), Wellman Steelworks Engineering, and Wellman Incandescent International.

Wellman became a private company in December 1997.

The Almor Group bought Wellman Furnaces in 2015.

1904

1917

Wild Barfield

Wild Barfield (incorporating Barlow Whitney) was established in 1917

Acquired by the Almor Group in 1998.

Design and manufacture of industrial furnaces and ovens.

Furnaces services and replacement parts.

1917

1919

Wellman, Smith, Owen Engineering Corporation

Incorporated as a private company.

1919

1924

The Wellman Company was made public

1924

1938

Wellman acquired Basic Industries Equipment Company

1938

WWII

Constructed many plants for making shells, some of which were exported; also made and fitted bridge laying equipment to tanks

WWII

1947

Acquired the shares of Wellman Bibby Co Ltd, specialists in torsional problems in power transmission.

1952

Opened branch engineering workshop at Kirkby in Liverpool and design office in Glasgow.

1947 - 1952

1960

Formed Wellman Smith Owen (Furnaces) Ltd

1960

1961

Incandescent LTD & Metalectric

Both companies were acquired by Wellman.

1961

1965

Wellman Engineering Corporation established

1965

1966

Brayshaw Furnaces were acquired by the Wellman Company

1966

1976

Mormetfabs were established

Mormet fabs – alloy fabricator, heat treatment fixtures and furniture.

This is now the location of the Wellman facility in Tipton, near Birmingham.

1976

1978

Wellman aquired British Furnaces.

1978

1980

BIRLEC was acquired by Wellman.

1980

1982

Gibbons Furnaces was acquired by Wellman

1982

1984

Heat Treat Services established – aquired by Almor in 2004
Alloy fabricator heat treatment equipment

Furnace refractory services.

Furnace site services.

1984

1998

Wild Barfield incorporating Barlow Whitney joined the Almor Group.

Marathon Process Controls were established.

1998

2004

Almor Partner Aichelin

Sealed Quench Furnace installations.

Pusher Tray Type Continuous Furnaces with Controlled Atmosphere.

Continuous Conveyor Belt Furnaces.

Ring Hearth Furnaces for Continuous Carburising and Press or Oil Hardening.

Continuous Roller Hearth Furnaces.

Rotary Hearth Furnaces with Controlled Atmosphere.

2004

2005

CGE was acquired by Wellman

2005

2009

The Almor Group acquired Mormetfabs based in Tipton.

Tipton the new Head Office for Wellman Furnaces.

2009

2013

Wellman Thermal Services consisted of 3 parts: Wellman Robey for boilers, Wellman Furnaces for Furnace Engineering, and Wellman Process Engineering for Vapourisors and crystallisation plant.

2013

2015

Almor Ltd acquired Wellman Furnaces

2015