When I visited
United Wire Works in 1991 and 1992, the company manufactured much of
its own wire, copper, nickel, etc, but not stainless steel.
That was bought in.
However the United Wire Works wire manufacturing plant closed
around 2001. The company now buys in all the wire that it
weaves, most of it being stainless steel.
Manufacturing the wire
In the photo above, furnaces are along the left-hand side of the
picture. They are filled from the gallery, top-left.
Scales for weighing the ingredients for the furnace can be seen on
The furnaces produced wire in the form of 4 or (as here) 8
continuous strands of wire from each furnace at the rate of 5.5 ins
per minute. This photo shows the strands of wire being