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90 years of electrical industry history

A book detailing the history of Crabtree Electrical from humble beginnings in a disused leather factor in Walsall to its modern day standing, has just been published.

Susan and Katherine, grand-daughters of John Crabtree, pictured at the book launch with Barry Glew, MD of Electrium

The book was launched at the Lyndon House Hotel, Walsall, which now stands on the site of the original factory where John Crabtree produced the first quick make and break switch 90 years ago. This product proved so successful in its day that after starting with just a small workforce, the company had moved to a much larger site and was employing over 600 staff within just a few years.

The Crabtree society, ex-employees of the company, researched and published this book, with the support of Electrium and Siemens, Crabtree’s parent company. Both grand daughters of John Crabtree, Susan and Katherine, attended the book launch and were delighted with the portrayal of the past achievements of their forebears.

Allan Preston, President of the Crabtree Society said: “This book is one of the most concise company histories ever produced.”

Copies of the book ‘The Crabtree story’ are available at £20 per copy with all proceeds being donated to the EEIBA.

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