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.
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
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
Wellman, Smith, Owen Engineering Corporation
Incorporated as a private company.1919
The Wellman Company was made public1924
Wellman acquired Basic Industries Equipment Company1938
Constructed many plants for making shells, some of which were exported; also made and fitted bridge laying equipment to tanksWWII
Acquired the shares of Wellman Bibby Co Ltd, specialists in torsional problems in power transmission.
Opened branch engineering workshop at Kirkby in Liverpool and design office in Glasgow.1947 - 1952
Formed Wellman Smith Owen (Furnaces) Ltd1960
Incandescent LTD & Metalectric
Both companies were acquired by Wellman.1961
Wellman Engineering Corporation established1965
Brayshaw Furnaces were acquired by the Wellman Company1966
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
Wellman aquired British Furnaces.1978
BIRLEC was acquired by Wellman.1980
Gibbons Furnaces was acquired by Wellman1982
Heat Treat Services established – aquired by Almor in 2004
Alloy fabricator heat treatment equipment
Furnace refractory services.
Furnace site services.1984
Wild Barfield incorporating Barlow Whitney joined the Almor Group.
Marathon Process Controls were established.1998
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
CGE was acquired by Wellman2005
The Almor Group acquired Mormetfabs based in Tipton.
Tipton the new Head Office for Wellman Furnaces.2009
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