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Organisation timeline

1812

William Carter opens ironmongery business on Oxford High Street.

1825

Carter opens the Jericho Iron and Brass Foundry in Walton Well Road.

1838

Business (now owned by Charles Grafton) renamed Eagle Ironworks.

1864

Business changes name to Grafton & Lucy.

1873

Business bought by James Kelley.

1897

Charles Kelley takes over and forms W Lucy & Co Ltd.

1899

Charles Kelley sells shares to William Madgen.

1905

William Madgen appoints John Reid Dick as Managing Director.

1911

Lucy’s acknowledges future lies in the electrical business by joining BEAMA.

1925

John Reid Dick becomes Chairman.

1930

Gordon Dick joins Lucy’s and together with Chief Engineer L.P. Lockwood undertakes a major redesign programme.

1950

Gordon Dick succeeds as Chairman.

1959

WL Shareholding Co Ltd incorporated, stabilising independent ownership.

1966

Last freeholds for Eagle Works acquired.

1968

Gordon Dick recruits Ralph Holland to run sales and marketing.

1989

Acquisition of Sandawana Castings in Witney.

1990

Richard Dick takes over as Chairman.

1994

CG Lucy Switchgear Ltd joint venture established with Grants Greaves.

1996

Acquisition of Power Isolators Ltd & Power Connectors Ltd in Banbury.

1997

Lucy Switchgear opens first manufacturing unit in United Arab Emirates.

2001

Major business reorganisation takes place to modernise and expand the Lucy Group.

2003

Development agreement for Eagle Works signed with Berkeley Homes.

2005

Lucy Switchgear moves to Thame and all manufacturing ends at Eagle Works; third factory opens in Dubai for RMUs and SF6 switchgear.

2008

Redevelopment of the former Eagle Works site complete; Lucy Real Estate business unit established to combine Lucy Properties, Lucy Development and Lucy Block Management.

2011

Zodion Limited Net Assets were acquired and integrated with Lucy Lighting to become Lucy Zodion Ltd.

2012

Lucy Switchgear opens in China.

2013

Acquisition of Truscanian Ltd, an aluminium and bronze casting business; Lucy Castings formed combining Truscanian Ltd and Sandawana Castings Ltd.      

2014

Lucy Switchgear re-brands to Lucy Electric & opens new office and factory in Thailand.

2015

W Lucy & Co acquires Crompton Greaves (CG) equity interests in CG Lucy Switchgear Ltd to become Lucy Electric India. W Lucy & Co Ltd announce acquisition of the GridKey business from Selex ES Ltd.

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