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128-year-old steel business in administration 14 November 2012

One of the UK’s leading independent alloy steel foundries officially went into administration yesterday (13 November).

Gabriel and Co Limited, originally founded in 1884 in Birmingham, had joint administrators from PKF appointed on 6 November before it was listed in the London Gazette yesterday.

The firm, which traded out of Smethwick in Birmingham, was one of the first companies to manufacture castings in stainless steel replacing previous ones made in brass.

At its height the firm exported to Africa, Asia and South America and celebrated it centenary in 1984, by which time the workforce had grown to 200.

In 2010 the company moved to new larger 32,000 square feet premises in Smethwick and, invested in a new £500,000 foundry.

Further information about this case is available from the offices of PKF (UK) LLP on



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