29 British Companies
Illus: A Cockburn’s lorry and an Allied Ironfounders’ lorry delivering baths for export to Grangemouth Docks.
1922: “Light Castings Ltd” formed by the amalgamation of the Coalbrookdale Co Ltd; Planet Foundry Co; M. Cockburn & Co Ltd; and McDowell, Steven & Co Ltd. The latter two being Falkirk firms. Coalbrookdale was seen as the head of the new organisation.
1929: The Grand Alliance was formed in 1929 to pool the resources of several companies and permit individual sites to specialise, establish a research department and a central department to control exports. There were 23 companies, eight of which were from the Falkirk area. They were Callendar Iron Co; Abbots Iron Co; M. Cockburn & Co Ltd; Dobbie, Forbes & Co Ltd; Falkirk Iron Co Ltd; Forth & Clyde & Sunnyside Iron Cos Ltd; H.E. Hoole & Co Ltd; McDowell, Steven & Co Ltd.