EIP Metals, Birmingham, July 2011

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TranKmasT

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I noticed this old work in passing last year sometime. It covers a large area with a few interesting features.

A big thanks to the new owners for letting me have a nosey.

In 1991 EIP Metals was formed (Evered Industrial Products) when two other companies were merged with Evered Metals - Barker & Allen and Mapplebeck Metals. Over the next 13 years it became the leading supplier of Quality Copper and Copper Alloy strip products into the UK market.
During the 1990's the service centre business of Charles Harbage was aquired and in 2004 the William West company was also introduced into EIP Metals.
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Testing equipment and samples
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Came across loads of old ledgers, some written with an old style, as early as the 1930s

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Some roof shots. You can see Dudley Hospital top right.
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Time for me to clock off now. Thanks for looking.



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Although I went years ago, I am still shocked at how many bloody tyres there are strewn about lol.

Is there a mechanics nearby?

Certainly looks in a more sorry state and the boarded up bits don't help, but then again I'm glad you have got round it and given us an update

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The tyres are being stock piled. Eventually the company who let me look around will be getting a recycling machine that shreds and converts the rubber back into oil and other substances.

Is there a mechanics nearby? :)
Not sure. There was a few other units and a guard hut on the entrance but I didn't take much notice.
 

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The tyres are being stock piled. Eventually the company who let me look around will be getting a recycling machine that shreds and converts the rubber back into oil and other substances.


Not sure. There was a few other units and a guard hut on the entrance but I didn't take much notice.

I meant if the mechanics were dumping tyres, but you have answered that question.

Sounds like a good recycling idea.
 

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Thanks for posting these,i understand this site has now been cleared. I worked here '76-'83,when it was known as Barker and Allen. The door of death led from the canteen,through a walkway,then you came down the wooden stairs alongside the office,which was in the electricians shop.
Wish i had a pound every time i walked up and down them.
 

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Those were the days - when we still had heavy industries. Bit worrying to see the "SURGERY" door. Many accidents? What was the Crabtree connection? Crabtree was a major manufacturer of electrical equipment: sockets, switchgear, fuseboxes, etc.
 

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That surgery saw some accidents,especially with it being a rolling mill and foundry.I was carried in there myself one afternoon after dropping a fork lift truck battery side plate on my foot.
The Crabtree connection was the contacts in the switches,BT was another customer, also Yale keys.
We used to get a lot of stampings and sometimes coin blanks.The Birmingham Arms pub which was just outside the main gate threatened to ban us if any more blanks appeared in the fruit or fag machines.
It's incredible to see all these factories that have been demolished,where have all the jobs gone,McDonalds?
 

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That surgery saw some accidents,especially with it being a rolling mill and foundry.I was carried in there myself one afternoon after dropping a fork lift truck battery side plate on my foot.
The Crabtree connection was the contacts in the switches,BT was another customer, also Yale keys.
We used to get a lot of stampings and sometimes coin blanks.The Birmingham Arms pub which was just outside the main gate threatened to ban us if any more blanks appeared in the fruit or fag machines.
It's incredible to see all these factories that have been demolished,where have all the jobs gone,McDonalds?
Going by recent news reports, Domino Pizzas!
We love going around the BCN on our boat, spotting the old canal entrances, but it makes us so sad that all this manufacturing has disappeared.
 

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That surgery saw some accidents,especially with it being a rolling mill and foundry.I was carried in there myself one afternoon after dropping a fork lift truck battery side plate on my foot.
The Crabtree connection was the contacts in the switches,BT was another customer, also Yale keys.
We used to get a lot of stampings and sometimes coin blanks.The Birmingham Arms pub which was just outside the main gate threatened to ban us if any more blanks appeared in the fruit or fag machines.
It's incredible to see all these factories that have been demolished,where have all the jobs gone,McDonalds?
Another well known Brum firm was Midland Electric Manufacturing Co (MEM). I used to see lots of MEM switchgear around in the 1950s and 1960s. Maybe one of EIP's customers. But another takeover victim and now no more.
 

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When you think of the names that have disappeared, it's frightening. This site was Europe's largest in its field.We were always having meetings regarding the next round of redundancies.In those day's, late 70's early 80's,not only were you paid redundancy money,you also received any pension donations you'd paid in,if memory serves me right.
This company was part of Delta metals,how many companies were in that group?
 

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Going by recent news reports, Domino Pizzas!
We love going around the BCN on our boat, spotting the old canal entrances, but it makes us so sad that all this manufacturing has disappeared.
Also sad that Gas Street Basin has lost its appeal since gentrification, I used to boat around the BCN in the early 70s when it was a hidden time warp, a secret anomaly in the middle of busy Birmingham. Progress!
 

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Also sad that Gas Street Basin has lost its appeal since gentrification, I used to boat around the BCN in the early 70s when it was a hidden time warp, a secret anomaly in the middle of busy Birmingham. Progress!
One of the first holidays my wife and I had was a canal narrow boat week from Burton on Trent. It included going through Brum, and under Spaghetti Junction. We nearly hit a car submerged up to its roof; some vandals had pushed it off the top of a slope, and it ended up in the canal.
 

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One of the first holidays my wife and I had was a canal narrow boat week from Burton on Trent. It included going through Brum, and under Spaghetti Junction. We nearly hit a car submerged up to its roof; some vandals had pushed it off the top of a slope,, ots of vandalism and it ended up in the canal.
Yes,lots of vandalism. worst bit was having stuff dropped on you as you passed under bridges, once was targeted with a bag of refuse! Not all bad though, my son in law who who owned the holiday boat Victoria held his wedding reception at Gas St Basin and it was a memorable occasion. So good memories too.
 

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Yes,lots of vandalism. worst bit was having stuff dropped on you as you passed under bridges, once was targeted with a bag of refuse! Not all bad though, my son in law who who owned the holiday boat Victoria held his wedding reception at Gas St Basin and it was a memorable occasion. So good memories too.
Yes, we've been targeted sometimes. If we see youths on bridges that might be getting something ready to drop we get a camera out, works most of the time. But we've had many more good experiences than bad.
 

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I dare say that this site is now destined for housing. Wonder what they'll charge for a canal side view?
 

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One of the first holidays my wife and I had was a canal narrow boat week from Burton on Trent. It included going through Brum, and under Spaghetti Junction. We nearly hit a car submerged up to its roof; some vandals had pushed it off the top of a slope, and it ended up in the canal.
A few years ago we had to wait while they retrieved a car from the G&S Canal. When they hoisted it out, they discovered another one underneath it that had been there years without anyone realising! (Much deeper, being a ship canal).
Always love to moor in Gas Street. It kept it's feel for a long time because of the old red brick buildings around, but now they've started to build multi-storeys like the one next to the Mailbox they dominate the skyline which is a shame.
 

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