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A HALL Green company is celebrating its centenary by opening a mini museum documenting its history.

A HALL Green company is celebrating its centenary by opening a mini museum documenting its history.

MEM (The Midland Electric Manufacturing Company Limited) has been a major supplier of electrical installation equipment for homes, offices, factories and public buildings over the last century.

It was established in Conybere Street, Highgate in 1908 but has been at its present site in Reddings Lane, Hall Green, for over 70 years.

The Midland Electric Manufacturing Co Ltd began manufacturing switch and fusegear in a workshop.

Today it is part of the Eaton Corporation which has 81,000 employees worldwide. Switchgear and fusegear are still manufactured at the main UK factory in Reddings Lane.

Eaton is marking the occasion with celebrations and special gifts for employees at its UK sites in Birmingham, Holyhead and Middleton.

To mark the centenary a special History Room has been created at the Reddings Lane site.

A display traces the 100-year history and various centenary publications are being produced to coincide with the anniversary.

MEM products span the whole spectrum of electrical installation equipment, from the main switchboard to the socket-outlet. Circuit protection - fuses and circuit-break-ers - has remained at the heart of the business since the earliest days.

MEM became a public company in 1926. It remained independent until 1971 when it was acquired by Delta Metal. The Electrical Division of Delta was sold to its present owner, Eaton Corporation of Cleveland Ohio in January 2003.

MEM was founded by a 28 year-old engineer, Walter L Barber, who saw the potential of the emerging electrical industry.

The MEM brand has continued to be at the forefront of developments in circuit protection.

It was one of the first companies to introduce cartridge fuses in the postwar years and introduced its first domestic consumer unit ("fuse box") in 1955 and its first miniature circuit-breakers in 1965.

Did you work at MEM? Are you still in touch with former colleagues? Write in to the usual address with your memories.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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