It’s 75 years since Simm was founded and, to mark this special anniversary, the company celebrated this week with a birthday cake for its staff.
Founded on 11 September 1941 as GE Simm (Surplus in Modern Machinery) Ltd, the company originally had four divisions: air compressors, second-hand machinery and valves, conveyor belting and hydraulic mining equipment.
In 2015, the compressed air division was purchased by the Halifax-based company, Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS), and is now run as Simm Engineering. The hydraulic mining equipment division continues to operate at Simm Mining Products.
Events of 1941
The company was established during the Second World War, in a year that saw the attack on Pearl Harbour, the capture of the Enigma machine and the sinking of the Ark Royal, as well as the last ever execution at the Tower of London. On a lighter note, 1941 saw the premiere of Noël Coward’s comic play Blithe Spirit.
Popular films at the box office in 1941 included:
- Citizen Kane
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
- The Lady Eve
- The Little Foxes
- The Maltese Falcon
- Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts
- James Joyce, novelist and poet (Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)
- Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor of Germany
- Virginia Wolf, novelist (Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse)
- Julie Christie, actor (Doctor Zhivago, Don’t Look Now)
- Richard Dawkins, scientist and writer
- Bobby Moore, football player, England captain for the 1966 world cup win
- David Puttnam, film director (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express)
- Delia Smith, TV chef
- Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer
A celebration for old and new, past directors Gillian Green and Joanne McGuire were invited by new directors Ian Harrison and Gary Whitaker to be involved in the staff celebrations.