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Tucker Eyelets



I am trying to discover a site concerning Tucker Eyelets but the search box does not seem to have any information , Can anyone help please regards Frank Holmes


Kiwi Brummie Admin' Team
Don't know much about the firm , but looked this up on the net to get the ball rolling so to speak... Hope it helps?

Central Eyelets & Pressings - Walsall, UK
Central Eyelets & Pressings was established in 1993 utilising original tucker eyelet tooling and machinery. In 1996 we moved to our current premises. This enabled us to add further machinery to our range. Through further acquisition we purchased the remaining tooling from Rednor UK, and thus confirming Central Eyelets & Pressings as the biggest smallest eyelet manufacturer in the UK. Along with our vast range of eyelets we also manufacture, Solder tags, Eyelets tags, Tube Eyelets, Screw cup washers, crimping clips, twin eyelets, terminal tags, peerless hooks and terminal pins. We make all the above products from brass, steel and copper and offer a comprehensive range of finishes to meet individual requirements. Among these offered are nickel plate, zinc plate, copper plate, brass clean, silver, hot tin dip, electro tinned, please contact us on finishes not listed.

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...here a vintage heavy duty pop rivet eyelet gun by the Tucker Eyelet Co Ltd Birmingham England made of brass the number on the gun is TT26 the size length is 9 inches and the weight is 470 grams

These rivets which can be set by one operator, working from one side of the material, in places hitherto inaccessible, without any possibility of damage or distortion to the structure, are really the modern system of riveting!Ideal for vehicles, buildings,or any assembly requiring metal fasteners.
Send for more detailsand information.
Geo. TUCKER EYELET Co. Ltd., Walsall Road, Birmingham 22B
Telephone: BIRchfields 4811 (9 lines) Telegrams: Eyelets, Birmingham

The trade
mark "Pop" is registered in respect of rivets in the United Kingdom and many other countries in the name of the Geo. Tucker
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Staff member
thank for the info chris....brings to mind over 40 years ago when our dad worked there....one of the gaffers said something underhanded to him so he did no more...downed his tools..stripped off his overhalls..left them in heap in the middle of the shop floor and said...im off i will send one of the kids in on friday for me wages....:D:D:D that kid was me and it wasnt the only place i had to do that:rolleyes::rolleyes: ..dad wouldnt stand anyone including gaffers making a fool out of him...thats my dad... gives respect but also expects it back....:):):)



master brummie
The one and only time I walked out of a job ( the last one) was because of the stick you are expected to take from kids called Managers.
We used to supply stuff to Tucker eyelets, I think it formed the pin in a pop rivet.


gone but not forgotten
hi mowhawk
many thanks for the true as light memory of tuckers
i say true as light as it was very light work indeed and it was a pleasant
yet noisy place to work in ,
my 2nd eldest brother and my self both worked there in 1964 , i was
one of the machine minders whom worked there amongst thousand
workers there was machine shops ,after machine shops with all different
types of machines running, milling machines .capston machines,
it was a very noisy envoironment to work in
and very repitious, i had a row of about twenty five machines
all in one line ,andi had to keep walking up and down the line
for eight hours a day feeding these machines with little rivets in
buckets loads from the top of the machine and they would fall through
into a tray and then i would pull it out and drop them into drums
where a labourer would come along and take them to the inspection
department where my brother with other guys woulld use a micromita
and gauges to see if they pass , [ i should say my department was the
eyelets section ,and not the zipper dept ,]
my section of my machines of twenty five was directly behind
the ground floor third window you see on the photograph of there
building you have posted we had to wear ear muffs all day long
there was a great work team of people whom worked there it was one
big happy family we worked there for years our billy and myself
i have to say the people whom started working there in there
early days was dying about every couple of months
it got to a stage where nearly every couple of fridays the funeral cars
would stop out side them windows for two mins with an ex employee
whom was working there we would be told to stop our machines
by the management to mark our respect some of us stood by our
windows and some with the management go and stand out side
the factory it was a good firm to work for even thou the work was very
repetitious, sweatie and hard going on your feet walking back and
forwards all for eight hours solid be fore going to the loo you had
to get some one to releive you thou,s machine was never aloud
to run out or stop for any reason
me and our kid had good memories of george tuckers
and i had only one bad memory which i have not forgotten
and i will never will .
and that was the planning of a methord to do our foot ball coupon
the treble chance on littlewoods pools
to cut this story short i devised a way to select my numbers
and during those years atv was around them days and each week
on wednesday evening if there was a jack pot pay out
atv , would always interview the out right winner and asked
them how did they select there winning numbers
on that very wednesday evening billy and me never worked over
and always eating out meal . [ tea ] and the winner came on
as usal they asked him what methord did he use to select
the numbers , he was a scotman from scotland
that particular week there was eight teams playing through out
the foot ball coupon on that saturday and i also done that but
never handed my coupon to the agent bill gave his in but i never
so thats why i can never forget old george tuckers of
walsall rd perry barr and this was 1964 ,
once again thanks for the pic and the memory ,
have a nice day everybody astonian ,;;;;


My brother and sister worked at Tucker Eyelets during the 1960's .They ere Janet and Tony Holmes It was Janets first job as office junior and Tony worked on the shop floor and if he was with us now he would have many a tale to tell about missed opportunities on the football pools,Regards Frank


Staff member
hi frank..stands a good chance that your bro was at tuckers the same time as my dad then...

Mowhawk...thanks for that pic...



only know that land rovers were held together by tuckers pop=rivets and we used them as markers in our crib and domino boards


Brummie Dude
hi.my brother worked there in the 60s.as a machine minder.
only recently did i have to buy a pop rivet.:D


master brummie
I was an apprentice at the firm of W.C.Skinner,who built the factory G.tucker Ltd for the sum of £75,000
and often used to go there


Hi Flashone, I was reminiscing the other evening about G.T.E. and saw your letter perhaps the following may help. I started my apprentiship in the maintenance department in 1959/60 the Chief Engineer was a Mr Smith in those days you called them Mr or Sir but I cannot remember his first name, his assistant was a chap named Len Morris who was the foreman, in the department we had a pipe fitting section, a millwright section, welding and tinsmiths sections and the electricians which is where I spent the next 9 years. Although I have fond memories of the chaps in the maintenance department and can see them in my minds eye I can only remember Frank who was our gas welder and had spent all ww2 making silencers for aircraft engines Tom who with his son were the tinsmiths, Sidney Partridge (electrician) John Davis (charge hand electrician) and Norman Clarke who beside being an electrician was also a very skilled motor mechanic and with whom I was to spend most of my time with over the next few years. The factory was set in approximately 20 acres and starting from the left hand entrance (the gate keeper was Sid’s dad) you had a stores department on the right and stairs leading up to the top floor, our department was situated on the top floor at the rear overlooking the cycle sheds following round towards the road was the machine fitters who were very skilled at putting together the machines that assembled the pop rivets, I spent many hours there fitting the electrics on the machines whilst watching them scrape the surfaces to obtain an engine turned appearance, opposite the stairs was the grinding shop which ran the width of the building to the roadside gangway. The tool room ran the full length of the main building apart from a centre section which housed the tool room stores and some offices, we were issued with tokens with your clock number on them mine was 1118 (I still have some) and if you wanted to withdraw a piece of equipment you gave one to the storekeeper. At the end of the building were the start of the offices and the main flight of stairs from the roadside, the office on the corner was the M.D’s Mr Ruddock following round was the drawing office,accounts, wages and other Directors who all seemed to be ex military officers from WW2. The ground floor at the road side was one long machine shop and after 45 years I cannot remember if it was the mandrel shop or rivet shop I do know it was very noisy,the centre of the factory housed the plating and annealing departments, at the rear of the factory was another machine shop again mandrel or rivets?, all of the structures that housed the machines were made by the millwrights and pipe fitters with the electricians wiring them up and the tinsmiths making the guards. In the early 60’s a new building was erected next to the cycle sheds and the maintenance moved into one half of this. At the back of us was the boiler house where the steam to heat the works was generated by three enormous coal fired boilers, the boiler house also contained some enormous Bellis and Morcome compressors which supplied the compressed air for the factory, in the back left hand corner were the electrical stores who were looked after by by a fine old gent( everyone seemed old to me then) Clive,Claude? He was always immaculately dressed, collar and tie,clean bib and brace overalls gold pocket watch and his pipe on the go all the time which had turned his big bushy moustache yellowy brown at the ends, he did not suffer fools gladly we were issued with duplicate books to withdraw items and I can remember not long after starting being sent to get some conduit fittings and I spelt the word saddle wrong, I gave him the ticket 10 spacer bar sadles and he said “ we don’t have any try again” I eventually worked it out and learnt my lesson and made sure it was correct in future,( some may say that he was an old f---t but it’s lessons such as this from the older generations that we can all learn from) I DIGRESS. Behind the boiler house were four or five shed type buildings about 40 x 20 ft in size I think they were erected during the war they housed the Eyelet section and it was all run by women, this was the quietest part of the factory and if I needed to spend a penny which was every day from 9.30 till 9.50 you would find me in number three reading the Birmingham Post .To the left of these buildings was the bore hole where we extracted the water for the factory and to the left of this the pipe fitters and millwrights stores, to the right of the sheds was the Gas house which housed the chlorine cylinders for water purification, to the right of this was the works canteen ( does anyone remember workers playtime coming from there) main section for the workers and a partitioned one for the staff, following round towards the right hand gate were the directors garage ( spent some time in there with Norman repairing engines) and at the end was the personnel department,despatch was underneath the offices. In the early 60’s G.T.E. purchased the factory to the right which I think was Evertaughts who made steel lockers ,it was completely gutted and refurbished I spent about three months in there with some of the electricians completely rewiring it out, we made our own fluorescent light fittings,main busbars and trunking,when it was finished it housed the machines that assembled the pop rivets,at the front a small section was converted to house the toolroom apprentice shop. In 1965/6 I had finished my apprentiship and was asked to take over the maintenance department at Midland Road Walsall ( staff of one) which is where all the tools that assembled the pop rivets were made. In 1968 I got married and moved to Kidderminster and found that it was too far to travel on my 125cc B.S.A. Bantam everyday so I left.On reflection I can honestly say that I have never worked for a better company than G.T.E.the wages were very good,the people great and the training I received from Norman and the others was second to none,if we had moved to Lichfield instead of Kidderminster I would have happily spent my working life there,I only paid one visit back in 1978 and most had moved on. I would like to know what happened to the company after 1978.


master brummie
Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

Just been informed that the the old Tucker Eyelets now Emhart Technologies on Walsall Road Perry Barr is close down by the end off March 2013 with all production being transferred to Germany or the USA....sad.


Brummie Dude
Re: Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

hello.there is a thread on tucker eyelets.if you search.
[h=2]Tucker Eyelets... any information wanted![/h]


gone but not forgotten
Re: Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

hi mr spooner
yes its a great loss to brum ;i happend to see it on the news and it brought memories back to me emediately
as the tv news camera rolled along the building the third window on the right hand side was where i stood daily operating fifteen machines
making rivets i was a machine minder and walking up and down the line for the whole days pumping in brass bitts by the scoops and i was not allowed for each of any of the machines was to stop there work shops was massive hundreds of us behind those windows operating those machines
also my older brother whom died a coupleof months back was the inspector for the products to be checked
we worked there for a couple of years and what i can honestly say that when we was working there we used to do our tebble chance on the coupon
and we used to think of a way to choose our numbers any way i said to our bill my brother i do know whether you have noticed this week on the coupon that through out the fifty two numbers there are eight teams playing each other with the same itials and he said ; oh right ; and h smiled
i said thats what i am going to do this week any way also it was every wednesday evening on atv today they used to annouced and produce the pools winners of the coupon and to top it all i forgot or should i say i never got to hand it to the agent and come on saturday evening doing the coupon asyou did strike a light these eight teams came up i was siting on the floor in front of the telly and our bill was on the chair and when they finishedthe announcer sad its a jack pot pay out i felt sick and turned and looked up to bill and said bill we have lost it beause they are the eigt teams with the intials
came on the wednesday evening tumed into atv news and the time came they interviewd the only jack pot winnerand he was a scotchman fron from scotland
and they asked him how did he choose the numbers and he said what i told bill about the eight itials of the teams we was gutted it was around the 25 thousand pounds at that time and we lived in aston lane not far the compant and of course wewas both single lads and i had only just came out of the royal waricks1st battllion i have never done the coupon again in my life ;i stick wih the lotery but its a ganble i have ever won forty four pounds since it started
with four numbers at the beginning of this yearbut now i think twice as the old saying goes its only a fol whom parts quickly with is hard earned cash
so thats why i had those moments of long ago memorys of the company and thought of my dear brother whom i have lost in three years of each other
in fact it was three years andthre days of each other my yungest of the family and my second eldest of the family ;
happy christmas to each and everybody on the forum and wish you all a prosperous and healthy new year for 2012 astonian;;;;


Super Moderator
Staff member
Re: Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

It is a shame to see it go; my dad worked there some time during or just after the WW2.

I used to have a 'pop riveter' to patch up my old Ford Escort car


The Girl from Guildford St
My father William Arthur While spent much of his working life at Tuckers, rising from the bench, to chargehand, foreman and then Toolroom Supervisor. I went to the Xmas parties for children there. I am so sorry it is closing.


New Member
Re: Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

Have just read the post about George Tucker Eyelets closing in March, terrible news that this should happen to, a company which was a world leader in Rivet technology and products through most of the latter part of the 20th century, i worked there from 1959 to 1969 serving my apprentiship in the Maintenance department,in 1965 i was in charge of the maintenance department at their Midland Road premises in Walsall ,the people who worked at all of their manufacturing premises were second to none, there is NO WAY this would have happened had the directors who ran GTE in the 40s 50s and 60s been in charge, Yet again another company gone to the wall through bad management and succesive governments not backing our first class workers,


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A Sparks

master brummie
Re: Tucker Eyelets / Emhart Technologies

I did know about this, my father worked there for over 25 years (retired for over 20 years now).
I have memories of the Children's Christmas parties :)

Can't imagine the factory not being there somehow, we lived in Perry Barr so it was a familiar sight.
Very sad but that's the way of things these days.