The Crabtree Story – 90 years of electrical industry history

The Crabtree Story – 90 years of electrical industry history

A book detailing the history of Crabtree Electrical has just been published.

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 innovative product proved so successful in its day that after starting with just a tiny workforce, within just a few years the company had moved to a much larger site and was employing over 600 staff.

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 granddaughters of John Crabtree, Susan and Katherine (pictured with Electrium MD Barry Glew), 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, entitled ‘The Crabtree Story’, are available priced £20 per copy with all proceeds being donated to the EEIBA.

Barry Glew, managing director of Electrium, is delighted to see the book published. He said, ‘There is a clear linkage between what the book stands for and what Crabtree stands for today.’


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