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Ferguson, Pailin & Co. was an English electrical engineering company based in Higher Openshaw, Manchester. The company was established in 1913, by Samuel Ferguson and George Pailin to manufacture electrical switchgear.[1]

Ferguson, Pailin & Co.
IndustryElectrical engineering
FateMerged into Associated Electrical Industries
Founded1913; 106 years ago (1913)
FoundersSamuel Ferguson, George Pailin
Defunct1960 (1960)
United Kingdom
ProductsElectrical switchgear

The company acquired Mottram Hall to give employees an opportunity to go on affordable holidays during the war. The company bought 3 properties in 1939/40 in order to provide holidays for staff and workers during the war. Mottram Hall was bought for the works, a small hotel in Llandudno for the middle level staff and a property in Criccieth for senior staff. Mottram Hall was sold as surplus to requirements by GEC in 1968 and is now a luxury country house hotel.

The company was acquired by Associated Electrical Industries in 1928. Following the restructuring of AEI in 1960, Ferguson, Pailin & Co ceased to be a separate subsidiary and was merged into AEI switchgear. Following the takeover of AEI by GEC in 1967, the Higher Openshaw works became part of GEC Switchgear. In 1989, GEC merged its electrical engineering interests with those of Alsthom to form GEC Alsthom. The factory was later closed by Alstom in 2003, with most of the employees finishing on 22 November 2002.

The original factory building on Buckley Street was knocked down some years ago [2] but the factory still exists next to the newly built Morrisons store in Openshaw.


  1. ^ Images of England: Clayton and Openshaw by Jill Cronin and Frank Rhodes ISBN 978-0-7524-3521-3
  2. ^ when?

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