In 1814, with the firm now run by Alexander Spear's nephew John Spear, an apprentice named Sam Jackson was added.
Jackson proved a capable assistant, and in 1830 the company was renamed Spear Jackson.
Neill had been founded in 1889 by accountant James Neill, who like John Love had decided to change careers and become a steelmaker.
Neill continued to make improvements in his designs, and in 1924 the firm introduced a hacksaw frame design, the 20T, which was later adopted as the standard shape for this type of tool.
After the cessation of hostilities the company continued to make magnets under the Eclipse name, and in 1934 its engineers developed a new mechanically switchable magnetic chuck.
In 1974 two firms, John Bedford and AMV, were also acquired.
Founded in 1981, The Spear Group has serviced hundreds of leading companies in a variety of industries, including gas and electric utilities, architecture and engineering firms, construction, pharmaceuticals, and various other industrial organizations.
Sturdevant has been in a management role with Spear since he joined in 1985 and currently serves as Principal Advisor to Spear s Management Technical Team.
In 1989, four years after it acquired Spear Jackson, the Neill Group purchased the French firm Forges de Lavieu and the German company Wilhelm Abt.
CEO Dennis Crowley, who owned approximately two-thirds of the firm's stock, had been banned for life from the securities industry in 1991 for giving faulty advice to investors, but had not revealed this information when he took control of the company.
Spear Pharmaceuticals, founded by K.L. Spear, M.D., in 1993, is a company that develops specialty dermatological products to fulfill market needs.
In 1995 the Neill Group was renamed Spear Jackson, Ltd.
In December 1997 Spear Jackson was purchased by United States Industries, Inc.
In 1998 after only 5 years, Spear obtained its first approvals, becoming the smallest pharmaceutical company ever to receive an FDA approval.
The year 1998 also saw the company's Eclipse Magnetics unit launch Supermill, a high-powered heavy-duty chuck line that helped double or triple production output for some customers.
The product was recognized with the 1998 Manufacturing Industry Achievement Award for Mechanical Engineering Innovation.
In September 2000, with debt-laden USI's stock falling, that firm announced it would spin off several units to shareholders, including Spear Jackson.
Durkin has been with the Spear Group since 2001 also functions as CFO of the Spear Group s sister company Southern Cross Corp.
Rae, Bob, Spear Jackson Put Up for Sale, Sheffield Star, February 26, 2002.
In April 2004 the SEC filed a restraining order barring Crowley from serving as an officer or director of a public company, and put in place a court-appointed monitor.
, Spear Jackson Case Spotlights Promoters, Dow Jones News Service, April 16, 2004.
Pays Over 6.1 Million to Settle SEC Fraud Charges, SEC News Digest, February 11, 2005.
Rachel Phillips joined the Spear Pharmaceuticals team in January 2013 to support management of new product development.
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