In 1879 the first invention was
patented the Lochrin Dropper.
This type of fence reduced the price
of wire fencing, and even now
William Bains principle has not
been surpassed. Landowners all over
Scotland wanted dropper fencing. The
orders poured in, and the Lochrin
Iron Works took on more men. At this
time the home market started to
become more saturated, and one of
the executives in the company, David
Sommerville, decided to charter a
sailing ship, fill it with fencing
and set sail to Australia.
As soon as they had arrived they discovered that they could sell the whole load of fencing, due to the fact that sheep farming was taking off in both Australia and New Zealand. David came back with many orders and immediately sent out another ship full of fencing. It was so successful that Lochrin decided to develop the export business.
It was decided that this could not be done successfully in Edinburgh and subsequently, Coatbridge was chosen as it was right in the centre of the iron industry and not far from the harbours of the River Clyde. In 1888 the Lochrin Iron Works were lifted from Edinburgh and replanted near Coatbridge.
In its heyday the company employed over 2000 people
In 1988 the company was bought by Andrew Dick and moved the the Sun Works in Waverley Street.
In 2002 the company moved to Cumbernauld
To be continued