William co-founded both the Rotherham Steel Strip Company and the Rother Boiler Company.
Below are three articles pertaining to the Rother Boiler Company.
THE ADVERTISER, FRI., FEB. 16th, 1973
Rotherham in high places
DID YOU know there is a little bit of Rotherham in Windsor Castle and the House of Commons, and most probably up your street, too?
No, well neither did I, but we have and it belongs to a small firm with a big reputation…the Rother Boiler Company Ltd., celebrating this month 50 years of business since they became a limited company.
it was in 1919 that two Rotherham men, the late Mr. A. A. Charles and Mr. A. Milnes (father of a present day company director, Mr. Arthur Milnes), laid the foundations for the company’s existence.
They concentrated on the production of kitchen range boilers, and a pretty laborious process it was, too, in those days. Output of two men was limited to seven or eight boilers a day.
Within a few years, Mr. H. Sowden joined them and introduced copper back boilers and cylinders – still a feature of their work today.
Into new premises
in 1923 they became a Limited Company and four years later they had outgrown their premises in Westgate. The search for new headquarters ended at a nine acre site on Meadow Bank Road.
There they are to-day and the staff has increased now to over 130.
They are specialists in calorifiers or heat exchangers, if you prefer it that way.
This means equipment of all kinds for many important uses. In hospitals, schools, flats, public buildings and hotels, not to mention their products used in industry.
Expansion is still the order of the day and the firm maintain they “have never been busier”. Busy or not, you can be sure that all their work is built with the care and thought that has made them a top name in the heating engineering world.
THE ADVERTISER, FRI., MAR. 30th, 1973
Heating Mr. Heath’s prize pool and lots of other V.I.P.s
MADE IN ROTHERHAM
The Sultan of Oman’s army barracks and the Russian Embassy in Tehran are just two exotic destinations of products from a Rotherham factory.
Every day, boilers and calorifiers (heat exchange units used to heat very large buildings) start out from the Rother Boiler Company’s factory in Meadowbank Road on journeys all over the world.
The Falkland Isles’ Radio Station, hospitals and the Radio Station in Singapore, hotels in Malta, factories in Russia and Thailand…these are just some of the faraway places where Rother Boiler products are installed.
Nearer home, they’ve an equally impressive list of famous public buildings to their credit.
Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament, French Embassy in London, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, Durham Cathedral, Palace of Westminster, Royal yacht Brittaina , National Theatre…the list is endless.
Prisoners up and down the country (including Dartmoor) have reason to be thankful for the company – they keep warm by means of Rother Boiler calorifiers.
All R.A.F. camps are supplied by the firm, as well as many hospitals and holiday camps.
The Prime Minister and diplomats from all over the world are going to enjoy the benefits of some of Rother Boiler’s latest products.
Specially designed calorifiers are to be installed in a new swimming pool at Chequers.
How does this local firm manage to carry off all these major contracts?
“I think we’re the only people who make calorifiers in both steel and copper, and we also make a reasonable job at the right price,” explained Works Director Mr. Arthur Milnes.
To keep up with demand, they turn out more than 200 tons of steel a month and about £16,000 worth of copper every week.
The company, which employs 120 people, was founded in 1918, and last month celebrated 50 years as a limited company.
THE ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, AUG 5, 1988
15 ‘new’ jobs?
The Rother Boiler Company has taken over its subsidiary Roebuck and Clarke (Galvanising), with plans for a £500,000 plant in Rotherham.
The expansion move will hopefully create 15 new jobs at Roebuck and Clarke’s Meadowbank Road site where the new galvanising plant is being built.
Rother Boiler, which has been established in the town since 1925 and employs 110 people, now wholly owns Roebuck and Clarke – a subsidiary company setup just two years ago.