Our History

Wellman Furnaces History

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

Wild Barfield

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

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1919

Wellman, Smith, Owen Engineering Corporation

Incorporated as a private company

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1924

The Wellman Company was made public.

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1938

Wellman acquired Basic Industries Equipment Company

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WWII

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

 

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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 

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1960

 Formed Wellman Smith Owen (Furnaces) Ltd

 

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1961

Incandescent LTD & Metalectric

Both companies were acquired by Wellman

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1965

Wellman Engineering Corporation established

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1966

Brayshaw Furnaces were acquired by the Wellman Company

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1976

Mormetfabs were established

Mormet fabs - alloy fabricator, heat treatment fixtures and furniture

This is now the location of the Wellman facility and AlmorTipton, near Birmingham

Mormet fabs

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1978

Wellman aquired British Furnaces

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1980

BIRLEC was acquired by Wellman

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1982

Gibbons Furnaces was acquired by Wellman

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1984

Heat Treat Services established  - aquired by Almor in 2004

Alloy fabricator heat treatment equipment

Furnace refractory services

Furnace site services

Heat Treat Services

 

Hot Furnace

1998

Wild Barfield incorporating Barlow Whitney joined the Almor Group

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Marathon Process Controls were established 

 

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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

 Aichelin 2004

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2005

CGE was acquired by Wellman

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Wellman Almor Building 

2009

The Almor Group acquired Mormetfabs based in Tipton.

Tipton the new Head Office for Wellman Furnaces

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Bogie Hearth

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.

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2015

Almor Ltd acquired Wellman Furnaces

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Wellman Fireworks

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Over 110 years of engineering
  • 1904 Wellman name established
  • 1917 Wild Barfield (incorporating Barlow Whitney) established
  • 1919 Incorporated private company, Wellman, Smith, Owen Engineering Corporation
  • 1924 Company made public.
  • 1938 Acquired Basic Industries Equipment Co WWII Constructed many plants for making shells
  • WWII Constructed Plants
  • 1947-1952 Acquired shares of Wellman Bibby Co Ltd 1952Opened Liverpool branch
  • 1960 Formed Wellman Smith Owen (Furnaces) Ltd
  • 1961 Acquired Incandescent Ltd and Metalectric 
  • 1965 Name changed to Wellman Engineering Corporation
  • 1966 Purchased Brayshaw Furnaces Ltd
  • 1976Mormetfabs established 
  • 1978 Acquired British Furnaces
  • 1980 BIRLEC was acquired
  • 1982 Gibbons furnaces was acquired
  • 1984 Heat Treat Services established - acquired by Almor in 2004
  • 1998 Wild Barfield and Barlow Whitney acquired by Almor Ltd
  • 2004 Aichelin Partner Almor Ltd, Heat Treat Services acquired
  • 2005 CGE were acquired by Wellman
  • 2009 Mormetfabs Acquired by Almor Ltd
  • 2013 Wellman Thermal Services consisted of 3 parts
  • 2015 The Almor Group purchased Wellman Furnaces 
  • Now Wellman Furnaces