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Lucas Mere Green

Aliye

Brummie babby
My mum and Aunt worked at Lucas Mere Green before that both at Gt King Street. I joined Mere Green in around 1972 on and off for 6 years. Anyone there during the 70’s.?
 

Solihull54

master brummie
Not during the 1970s but I was there from 1982 and through the years when it became linked to College Road, when Alex McDonald was General Manager, later Operations Director and John Lewis was Chief Engineer.
 

Aliye

Brummie babby
Not during the 1970s but I was there from 1982 and through the years when it became linked to College Road, when Alex McDonald was General Manager, later Operations Director and John Lewis was Chief Engineer.
Not during the 1970s but I was there from 1982 and through the years when it became linked to College Road, when Alex McDonald was General Manager, later Operations Director and John Lewis was Chief Engineer.
 

NoelleO 64

master brummie
Worked there in the eirley eightys for a contractors (pipework) the training school later became the works engineers .worked there contracting again was there when concord flew from birmingham airport and during the lune eclips
 

Solihull54

master brummie
What was manufactured at Lucas, Mere green?
Lucas made electronic assemblies for the car industry, customers were Rover Group and others, the Chief Engineer was John Lewis, and the General Manager was Alex McDonald. I worked there for a while in purchasing around 1988 with Etta Campbell, the site buyer.
 

Bob Johnson

master brummie
Lucas made electronic assemblies for the car industry, customers were Rover Group and others, the Chief Engineer was John Lewis, and the General Manager was Alex McDonald. I worked there for a while in purchasing around 1988 with Etta Campbell, the site buyer.
Sub-assemblies of what. Starters,alternators, injection, distributors?
 

JuliaP

proper brummie kid
You may be aware but site has been purchased by Aldi or Lidl (sorry can't remember which!). It's ready for building on but many objections from locals. Opposite a large Sainsburys, the main objection is traffic as right turn into Sainsburys is a nightmare even at quiet times, but there's no other way in or out.
 

Solihull54

master brummie
Sub-assemblies of what. Starters,alternators, injection, distributors?
electronic engine control units for lighting, thick film, various really, it was really a daughter plant to the mother plant at College Road, much smaller than CR, i think its a tesco supermarket these days as Lucas was sold to Varity, then it became TRW, then ZF bought it all out. Sad another old British name went to dust !.
 

Solihull54

master brummie
You may be aware but site has been purchased by Aldi or Lidl (sorry can't remember which!). It's ready for building on but many objections from locals. Opposite a large Sainsburys, the main objection is traffic as right turn into Sainsburys is a nightmare even at quiet times, but there's no other way in or out.
I thought it was Tesco but your right it was a supermarket of sorts I heard...
 

Bob Johnson

master brummie
electronic engine control units for lighting, thick film, various really, it was really a daughter plant to the mother plant at College Road, much smaller than CR, i think its a tesco supermarket these days as Lucas was sold to Varity, then it became TRW, then ZF bought it all out. Sad another old British name went to dust !.
Thanks for that.
Would be interesting to find out what different Lucas factories made.
Batteries were made at Formans road.

Starter motors..........

Dynamos.....

Alternators.....

Flasher units....

Wiper motors....

Distributors.....

The list goes on.
 

analog

New Member
During my time involved with Lucas at Mere Green ( 1979-85 ), the site principally made semiconductors for the automotive industry, mainly diodes for alternators and thick film circuits. Latterly I was a development engineer in the chip design section which supported other Lucas sites. I remember Etta, a very nice lady who was in the Engineering and Design department when I started. I continued in the semiconductor industry after leaving Lucas and find it disappointing that the site is now another supermarket. There were some good skills and people there.
 

Bob Johnson

master brummie
During my time involved with Lucas at Mere Green ( 1979-85 ), the site principally made semiconductors for the automotive industry, mainly diodes for alternators and thick film circuits. Latterly I was a development engineer in the chip design section which supported other Lucas sites. I remember Etta, a very nice lady who was in the Engineering and Design department when I started. I continued in the semiconductor industry after leaving Lucas and find it disappointing that the site is now another supermarket. There were some good skills and people there.
Thanks for that info, it fills a gap in my knowledge about Lucas, Mere Green.
 

Solihull54

master brummie
During my time involved with Lucas at Mere Green ( 1979-85 ), the site principally made semiconductors for the automotive industry, mainly diodes for alternators and thick film circuits. Latterly I was a development engineer in the chip design section which supported other Lucas sites. I remember Etta, a very nice lady who was in the Engineering and Design department when I started. I continued in the semiconductor industry after leaving Lucas and find it disappointing that the site is now another supermarket. There were some good skills and people there.

If you mean Etta McKenzie-Campbell she was the site buyer when I worked at Mere Green in 1987, she had office in the main Engineering dept, i moved to College Road later then other places but yes LMG was a good place to work...if you didnt upset Alec McDonald the Operations Manager that is...
 
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