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Westclox Dumbarton

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Former Westclox factory, Eddie Mackinnon
Former Westclox factory
© Eddie Mackinnon

Westclox of Dumbarton was located in Strathleven Industrial Estate, believed to be there from 1949 to 2001.

Westclox was an American clock manufacturing company that can trace its history back to 1885, when it went bankrupt for the first time, and returned, re-organised, in 1887. In its history, it has gone bankrupt and been acquired on a number of occasions.

The parent company again went bankrupt in 2001, and was acquired by Salton Inc, with Westclox (which can trace its history back to 1885) becoming one of its trademarks.

In 1983, Westclox of Dumbarton was commissioned to manufacture 10,000 Scottoilers (an automatic chain lubrication system) by Textile Mouldings of Accrington (TML). Only 50 kits were sold at the product launch. Unfortunately, motorcycling was yet to see its revival at that time.

Some of the building have survived, and remain within the industrial estate to serve numerous smaller businesses.

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