Listed in the 1973 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories at
79 Miles Road
Sheet Metal and Wire Work
Sheet metal and wire workers of Mitcham.
1850 Company founded.
1925 Private company.
1961 Sheet metal and wire workers, producing Genykage cages, Blend occasional furniture, Genyk hardware products, fireguards, plastic coated wire work, bathroom cabinets, meat safes, saucepan stands. 250 employees.
Company bought by Spillers in around 1969.
Then bought by Chapman Seating, according to their website:
Chapman Seating purchased Genyk Products Limited and their factory at Mitcham in South London from the Spillers Group and all the pet type products including bird and hamster cages ceased production as they were no longer economical or viable in a diminishing pet market. Chapman Seating moved to this factory and traded under the Genyk Products name for a while, but the trading name reverted to the well known and respected Chapman Seating again after two years.
From Britain From Above
These photos have been kindly provided by a user from the Facebook Mitcham History Group:
Bill Stephens (1900-1987) joined the company in 1914 at the age of 14, when the company started in Peckham, and he and his family moved to Mitcham when the factory was established there. He completed 55 years’ service in 1969.
His two brothers, George (1903-1970) and Charles (1902-1984), also worked for the company, and both lost their sight because of that work. One of the brothers worked with chromium plating and acid splashed into his face, damaging his eyes. He lived a 5 minute walk from the factory, and was able to continue working there.
Another fellow on the Facebook Mitcham History Group said
I worked there around 1965, brazing fire guards……abysmal. There were two of us, one loaded while the other brazed them together, it was a bonus system so no let up for the 8 hrs you were there, couldn’t let your partner down. I remember spot welding machines that spat out white hot steel that sometimes went into your shoe – ouch !!!
£1.60 per hour plus overtime.
We produce Presswork and Wirework, and require toolmakers to manufacture and maintain our presstools and welding fixtures. Apply to:
Genyk Products Ltd
Miles Road, Mitcham, Surrey
Telephone : 648 7071
Articles from the British Newspaper Archives
25th January 1946
CITY OF NOTTINGHAM EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE NURSING (Nottingham Branch—Public Health Section).
A WEEK-END COURSE IN INDUSTRIAL NURSING will be held the COTTESMORE SCHOOL, LENTON BOULEVARD, NOTTINGHAM, on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th and 17th, 1946.
FEE 10/- inclusive of sleeping accommodation (if required) and meals.
“ Practical Aspects Industrial Nursing.”
Miss M. M. Durrant, Sister-in-Charge, The Hygienic Wire Works Ltd., Mitcham.
Source: Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 25 January 1946 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)