When in May 1958, Steele & Cowlishaw was being acquired by Baker Perkins, they were themselves buying Yates Plant Ltd, a supplier of welding equipment and welding manipulators. When it came into the Group, a Baker Perkins man, E. B. (Ted) Thain took charge of sales and was instrumental in obtaining a large contract to provide welding gear for the twelve heat exchangers at the nuclear power station at Trawsfynydd in North Wales. Other orders followed in this new market but it was discovered that heat exchangers could be made from concrete and the demand for welding equipment for this purpose dried up.

The Yates company continued for a time at Bedewell, engaged in general engineering before being gradually merged into the general engineering activities of Baker Perkins Ltd.

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