6LB Pump Set
Dorman had at this point to pay a price which was more sentimental rather than
in any way material; the company name of W. H. Dorman and Company Limited now disappeared
after attaining the ripe old age of 98. However it experienced an immediate rebirth
with the coming into being of the parent company's Dorman Sub-
Mr. L. Johnson
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prominence once again and holds great promise for the future.
It is a fitting climax to our story that Dorman are able to claim, after one hundred years trading, they are still in a healthy position with a bulging order book and have every confidence in expanding their overseas trade, so much so, that Centenary year will herald the opening of a new factory, in Iran, 3,000 miles away. When fully operational the factory will be under the supervision of Iranian personnel who received their training at Tixall Road works in Stafford and will be geared to the production of 'L' range of diesel engines. Ironically Dorman have now re-
Dorman can look with nothing but pride on their achievements over the last century, as, from the time when they first started production of cutting knives, through two world wars and periods of depression they now emerge internationally famous for the manufacture of some of the finest diesel engines.
English Electric Diesels Limited, under the guidance of Mr. L. Johnson as Managing
Director. In the meantime as a result of the merger with the Ruston Group, Dorman
now had under their wing the sale and production of Kelvin marine engines, the smaller
Ruston diesels, and more recently of Ruston Hydraulic Motors. Thus 100 years after
William Dorman conceived his healthy infant, it has itself grown to flourishing maturity
and adopted equally healthy children, domiciled in Glasgow, the home of Kelvin, and
in Lincoln, where Ruston's have been established since 1857.
One of the beneficial effects of the new grouping was to increase the power range of engines which Dorman could now offer to their customers; the Ruston YWA series now filled a gap between 6 and 20 b.h.p. In addition the company now enjoys strong though informal links with Ruston-
Mr. L. Johnson, Managing Director Dorman Diesels Limited, Stafford.
Pumping set in Iran fitted with Dorman 6LB diesel engine.
An overhead supply line is erected in Iran to carry power generated by a Dorman gas engine, one of the first to be produced.