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History and formation of Gardam Machinery.

History and Formation of Gardam Machinery

The name of Gardam has been associated with machinery since the early 1900's when Harry H. Gardam & Co Ltd was formed with premises alongside the river Thames at Staines. The business was run for the time in conjunction with William Gardam & Sons, who since 1860 had been making sectional-typetimber houses and greenhouses, etc. The purpose-built 40 ft high machinery storage buildings were designed to handle heavy the steam engines, generating sets and gas engines, etc, of the period; many of these were exported, especially to Asia. Outside storage was occupied principally with steam boilers - for both factory and marine use.

By 1950, the steam engines, etc, had given way to smaller lighter plant as used in the confectionery, chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries and the boilers had been superseded by fuel and chemical storage tanks. It eventually became clear that the premises were not ideally suited to modern plant and the decision was taken to terminate operations at Staines.

The change of name to Gardam Machinery Ltd came with the move to the present address in Colnbrook, which was completed in 1976. Here one may see machines 'as purchased from the user', some dismantled for servicing and others ready and waiting delivery. In co-operation with a local firm of exporters, who have their own packing department, Gardams are able to offer competitive rates for delivery to most parts of the world. They are well placed for the UK Motorway Network, being approximately 1/2 mile (1km) from Exit 14 on the M25 and only 20 miles (32km) from Central London. London Airport (Heathrow) is less than 5 miles (8km) distance.

Apart from secondhand plant, Gardam Machinery are now sole agents for Spafil equipment for the food industry. The additional range of equipment now available includes stainless steel U-trough powder mixers, fitted with contraflow ribbon blades, in capacities up to 8000 litres; stainless steel duplex Z-blade tipping mixers in capacities up to 1000 litres, with jackets or electric heating; vertical form fill seal packaging machines; stainless steel liquid and powder fillers in single or multi-head execution; tube and paste filling machines; stainless steel suspended-type homogeniser/emulsifiers with single or twin shear heads and motors ranging from 1/2 to 100hp; stainless steel Y-cone and rectangular tumble mixers in capacities from 5 to 1000 litres; multi-purpose cylindrical jacketed process mixers that are offered with a choice of agitator designs - these may be supplied for vacuum or pressure operation; and stainless steel vacuum mixers in capacities from 50 to 1000 litres, with separate emulsifier heads.

Gardam are at Prescot Road, Poyle Industrial Estate, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire, tel: 0753 685421.

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Title Annotation:Gardam Machinery Ltd., manufacturer of food processing and packaging machinery
Publication:Food Trade Review
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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