HISTORY OF TWEEDY OF BURNLEY

George Tweedy & Co. was founded in 1865 in Burnley as general engineers. The company name was later changed to Tweedy of Burnley.

When the BBRA introduced the Chorleywood Bread Process in 1961, (See History of Baker Perkins in the Bread Business - The Chorleywood Bread Process), Tweedy developed a relevant High energy vacuum mixer which, when the Process entered widespread use in 1965, became the preferred mixer for plant bakers around the world.

Tweedy were also involved in the supply of flour handling systems and dough mixers for in-store bakeries, moulder-panners for plant bakers and a vacuum cooling system with applications in the food industry mainly outside the bread sector.

In the early 1980s, Tweedy was appointed manufacturing and sales agents for Lanham Machinery Co. Inc of Atlanta, Georgia and thus came in direst competition for large plant bakery equipment with the bakery division of Baker Perkins Ltd. At the same time, it became exclusive agents for a European supplier of dough make-up plant.

When Lanham was acquired by APV in 1989, Tweedy was purchased in the same year in part to ensure access. to the Lanham market outside the USA. By then, Baker Perkins had developed its own range of high-energy mixers.

In 1992, the Tweedy facility at Burnley was relocated to another site in Simonstone, Burnley. It is now a division of the Baker Perkins Group Ltd, Paston, Peterborough.

See also:

History of Baker Perkins in the Bakery Business
History of Lanham Machinery Co. Inc

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