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Report - McKechnie Brass Mill, Birmingham - Sept 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Shatners, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. Shatners

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    Had a meander around McKechnie Brass this morning.... it seems to be covered in PIR's which relay to a JCB security tower which also has PIR's and CCTV and a speaker that a guy called Dave shouts out at us to say hes called Security Kevins wife and Kevs now on his way in his Montego and you better clear off because hes tuned his amber lights on and everything!

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    I cant for the life of me understand what they are protecting because apart from a few bits and the most cranes I have EVER seen in one place.... its been battered.

    Also I finally put a website together of you have five minutes of your life you never want to get back www.derpage.com

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    The Aldridge factory employed around 1,000 people between 1979 and 1987 whilst producing approximately 1,000 tonnes per week, with about 4 extrusion presses in use at any one time, producing around 480,000 extrusions per annum. These presses produced extruded rod, hollow bar & section, in various shapes, sizes & specifications of brass.

    It supplied the building industry, the military, amongst others, & in the later years produced specialist wire for the railway industry. Raw material, such as swarf, brass in various forms, was bought from merchants, alongside all metal that was produced as scrap, during the factory process stage. This was all mixed into batches, ready to go into the foundry, starting the process all over again. The profitable wire mill, produced brass, bronze & copper wire to many customers, including the car industry. The wire mill was closed around 2005, & work transferred to another UK plant. The factory had it’s own ballroom, medical surgery, conference facilities, clubhouse & sports facilities. Lots of heat & noise was generated and serious accidents were evident, including sadly, one fatality, severed digits, molten metal burns.

    In 2011, there were only two presses running, one producing Standard Brass Rod, & the other extruding rod in ‘section’ form (specialist shapes, sizes & metal specifications. Trying to live with the ever upward spiral of scrap prices, lack of substantial investment, & excessive amounts of scrap created during the production process – made it difficult to break even, let alone make decent profits. To the very end, staff had not been given a pay rise in 8 years.

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    Nice pictures!

    There was zero security or PIRS when we went, we had a good few undisturbed hours in there. Maybe they're doing something with the site now?
     
  3. Shatners

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    Cheers... yeah I think there has been quite a few fires by the looks of things so maybe an anti-naughty-arsonist deterrent system!
     
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    Lol the darlek is back with reinforcement. Like you say too little too late.
     
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    Cheers Speed... yeah not a lot left looking at your previous report... Roboshitatron 2000 fail :-(
     
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    Really enjoyed those pics, nice one
     
  7. Shatners

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    Cheers mate.... appreciated :-)
     
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    Surely the best opening paragraph to a report there's ever been
     
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    Barrywald incenerator,haven't seen one of them for a while
     
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    Looks like its escaped from Fallout 4's wasteland mate :D
     
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    Yeah, great work.....you certainly make a shit hole look quite nice, like the pics :thumb
     
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