Smiths of Rodley
5 ton steam crane
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In 1820 a firm of millwrights started by David Smith, Jeremiah Booth and Jeremiah Balmforth sat up in the village or Rodley. The company grew to making winches and stone cutting equipment. In 1840 most of the production was hand cranes, varing fron 1/2 to 10 ton. 1860 saw the production of the comanies first steam crane.
David Smiths son Thomas had taken control by 1861 with the company being run in partnership until David died. The company was incorperated in 1918 as Thomas Smith & Son (Rodley) Ltd.
The firm went on to produce cranes for railways and quaries, then to build diesel engined excavators and cranes.
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