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Coles Cranes The Last Years 1960 - 1998 : A series of illustrated books about Coles Cranes., Book 2 of 2

By Kemp, Anthony, James

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Title: Coles Cranes The Last Years 1960 - 1998 : A series of illustrated books about Coles Cranes., Book 2 of 2  
Author: Kemp, Anthony, James
Volume: Book 2 of 2
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Technology, History of Mobile Cranes
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Publisher: Pepperday Publications
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In the second book of this series we pick up the story in the 1960s twenty years before the 100 yrars book was produced. We do this as the first book missed out a vital section in relation to the merger of Coles with Priestman Brothers. This merger began to show cracks in the industry and in management thinking at the time. This book has the advantage of hindsight but hopefully gets closer to the truth of what happened to the company. In such a large company there are many stories here is the basic story of what happened.

This is one of two books about the history of Coles Cranes, a company which in the mid 1950s and 1980s became one of the largest mobile crane manufacturers on the world. By 1998 the last few workers walked off the factory site and Coles Cranes was no more. This is the story of the growth of that business and the final decline.

By the late 1960s Coles, which was at this time part of the company Steels Engineering Products Ltd, had three factories in the United Kingdom producing cranes. Sunderland. - This the “Crown Works” was the main factory where there was a range of cranes being produced, among them the Aeneas, Proteus, Argus, Vigorous, Illustrious, Centurion, Valiant, Ranger, Liea, Endurance, Doninant and Conqueror. Many of these were available in different option as mobile, lorry mounted, rail, semi and full tower units. Also the newly developed Hydra hydraulic cranes were beginning to make an impact and production increased. Glzenbuty. - This was the old factory of F. Taylor & Sons which was ending its lines of Jumbo and Jib carrier cranes Grantham. - This was where R H Neal Ltd had been in business since 1939, although incorporated into Coles they were still making a range of their own diesel mechanical cranes and a hydraulic Hymax hybrid. A new hydraulic introduced based on the Hydra truck was a rough terrain unit called the Husky, these would eventually become the sole production of this factory as the range extended and became a massive export success.


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