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Memories of working at West Bromwich firm

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

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RE the story on George Salter spring works of West Bromwich in The Bugle (May 15 edition) and the letter by Mr David Tart.

I worked there in 1960 when I was 17 years old, and although it was for a short period, I have pleasant memories of the place and workmates.

I worked with Sam Pearsal in the hot spring shop, and as Mr Tart explained, the process of making large springs involved heating the steel bars to cherry red in the furnace.

As Sam guided the bars on to the mandrel, I adjusted the speed accordingly to Sam's instructions. When attached Sam would direct the hot bar as it wound around the mandrel. Roy Etchells', (apologies if I have spelled Roy's surname wrong!) job was to use a shaped hook to provide the space on the mandrel in to which the spring was formed, the job taking a three-man team to complete. When the spring had taken shape it was removed and plunged into a vat of oil to cool and temper.

Ladies made the small springs in workshops that were poorly lit. They included folk I went to school - Joan Perks, Carol Carr, Brenda Lane, Maureen Davis, David Williams, David Lane.

Although it was many years ago I have very fond memories of the place and the people.

Geoff Bishop.

geoffbishop@hotmail.com

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