Wm. Rankin & Sons
Wm. Rankin & Sons, Cork Growers and Manufacturers, 10, Carlton Place.
This is the oldest and foremost house in Scotland in
connection with this interesting industry. The business is nearly a century old,
and was founded by the late Mr. William Rankin. Twenty-five years ago the
business of Messrs. J. Mitchell & Son, cork merchants, was absorbed by this
firm. The manufactory in Glasgow is only a branch of the firms vast
establishment at Lisbon (Portugal), where they have extensive cork forests in
addition to a large factory. They have export warehouses and stores, whence
large quantities of cork are regularly shipped in bales to all quarters of the
globe to an extent perhaps not exceeded by any other firm in the world. The cork
is imported into the firms Glasgow manufactory also in bales, to be
To those unacquainted with the business perhaps the most interesting machine is a counting machine that, attended by a boy, counts about seven gross per minute, and faithfully registers the numbers as it proceeds. Every class of marketable article is turned out here, from the smallest bottle-stoppers to bungs and floats of every description. A considerable number of hands is employed at this establishment and also at Lisbon. The character of the firm of Wm. Rankin & Sons has, during its whole history, been irreproachable and highly respectable in the annals of British commerce.
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