Aida Bliss/Union Foundry Derby 2014.
Union Foundry (latterly known as AIDA Bliss) was built in 1840 besides the River Derwent to the north of the city.In 1868, Alfred Seale Haslam bought the ‘Union’ foundry. At first he employed only 20 men, but despite a fire in 1873, he was always looking to expand. After experimentation and expansion he started the production of dry-air refrigeration equipment. In 1880, the first refrigeration system was designed at the foundry, which made it possible to import frozen food from Australia and South America. It was not long after the first ground-breaking journeys that fruit and vegetables were being transported in refrigeration ships and cold storage plants installed at dockyards and major markets.At some point,the factory was acquired By the Tokio based engineering company that make metal presses and metal forming solutions.I have no exact date of closure of this factory but my estimate is 2005.Aida Bliss has now been re- branded as Aida Engineering Ltd UK.Read More