Local firm celebrates 130 years

Early days draughtsmen at work
Early days draughtsmen at work

A Cathcart based business which started trading 130 years ago, and is still trading from the same site, has published some amazing images.

Brothers George and James Weir started their pump manufacturing business in 1871, and 15 years later, moved to the current site in 1886.

To mark this remarkable achievement in the company’s history, it has published a selection of fascinating, historical images documenting the site’s history – including an apprentice book that names every apprentice from 1886 to 1991 as well as a visit by the Queen Mother, who was at that time, Queen Consort.

The pump manufacturing facilities 130-year history in Glasgow makes it one of the longest running facilities of its type in the UK. The site has overseen generations of pump manufacturing with many of Scotland and the UK’s very finest engineers having trained and finished apprenticeships at the facility.

The Glasgow facility quickly established an excellent reputation for developing pump technologies that were used in ship engines, oil pipelines and power stations across the world.

Current owner, SPX FLOW, has been keen to continue the great traditions of the past and treasure the many photos and documents that depict the workforce across the decades.

A great example of this is the “Apprentice Book”, which has recorded the name of every apprentice that worked at the Cathcart facility between 1886 and 1991. This includes current Chief Engineer, Ranald Patrick.

Michael Homer, Plant Director at SPX FLOW said: “We are very proud to be celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Glasgow facility which is a special place with so much history. The Apprentice Book is the physical representation of this history, recording more than a century’s worth of apprentices who have come through the facility since operations began back in the 19th Century.”

Graduate trained Bill Harden, Head of Engineering at the Glasgow facility said: “130 years is a long time in manufacturing – this facility has seen it all from the peak of the British Empire to the two world wars.”

The heritage of the Glasgow facility is recognisable by the distinctive blue paint finish that is still used to distinguish a wide range of pump components today, as it has done for many years.