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Key Dates in Waterford Stanley's History

Lismore solid fuel stove in contemporary setting


  • 1850's - Dobbie Forbes Foundry of Larbert, Scotland was established
  • Early 1900's - Original 'Stanley' cast iron range cooker was developed alongside another cooker brand Livingstone no doubt in honour of the two famous explorers.
  • 1929 - Allied Ironfounders acquired Dobbie Forbes
  • Early 1930's - Irish Government put trade barriers in place
  • 1936 - Allied Ironfounders (Ireland) Ltd set up a plant and began production at Bilberry, Waterford, of black painted and graphite Stanley Numbers 6, 7, 8 & 9 range cookers, and a smaller cooker called the Waterford Dover.
  • Stanley -oil -fired -range -coo1950's - Aga, Rayburn and Truburn range cookers were made in Waterford over the years for the Irish market and much photographic evidence still exists in Waterford, of Rayburn cookers being built on assembly lines at Bilberry.
  • 1960's - 600 employees were employed at the Waterford plant in the 1960's mainly down to the success of what was to become the world famous range of Waterford Colorcast cookware.
  • 1960's - A H Masser, a large equipment appliance company based in the Dublin area acquired the business in the early 1960's and it became Masser Ironfounders. Major quantities of venetian blinds were made at this time, giving rise to the employment of a large female workforce.
  • 1972 - Closure of the railway line from Bilberry site to North Station in Waterford city, now known as Plunkett station.
  • 1973 - Masser Ironfounders joined the TMG/Smurfit Group, was renamed Waterford Ironfounders Limited and became a part of a group of foundries and engineering companies in Ireland, such as Tonge & Taggart, Masser Food machines, Hammond Lane Foundry, Pierce Engineering.
  • 1979 - US President Jimmy Carter's mother, Lillian Carter, re-launched Waterford Cookware in New York and the Waterford brand received coast to coast coverage on television networks.
  • 1982/1983 - After being placed in receivership in October 1982, the company was acquired by Frank Cruess-Callaghan and Owen Conway in March 1983 and it was at this stage that the company became known as Waterford Stanley Ltd.
  • 1980 & 1990's - Developed the Stanley Super Star cooker and moved from the traditional solid fuel cooker to gas and oil models.  Constant innovation brought a Twin Burner cooker and many new stove models in gas and oil to the market, together with offering the customer a choice of up to 20 different enamel colours.
  • 2000 - The company was purchased by investment company PRICOA Capital Group Ltd and appointed new management team.
  • Cara Insert Stove2001 - Evolution of the Stanley Centre concept. Situated in major urban areas, the Stanley Centre is "a store within a store", while introducing a whole new customer retail experience.  There are currently 23 Stanley Centres located throughout the country, featuring full working models.
  • 2005 - AGA Foodservice Group now AGA Rangemaster acquired Waterford Stanley Limited
  • 2010 - Waterford Stanley becomes a stove centre of excellence launching the Cara Insert and Reginald stoves which contribute 50% of incremental sales growth in 2010.  All design development and manufacturing of the Groups stoves originate from Waterford.
  • 2011 - The Stanley stove phenomenon has gone from strength-to-strength. Today the Company employs 103 people and is responsible for selling Stanley range cookers and stoves, Rayburn range cookers, Rangemaster, Falcon and Redfryre range cookers.
  • 2015 - Middleby Corporation acquired the AGA Rangemaster Group including Waterford Stanley Ltd in September 2015. 

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