Key dates in the history of Jas Bowman and Sons

by Meyer Sosland
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1857 – Founded by Samuel Bowman a year after the end of the Crimean War for his three sons, two of whom left the new company, leaving James ( Jas) as sole owner.

1891 – Conversion of mill to new roller milling system, thus beginning the quest to remain at the forefront of technology.

1900 – Operations begin at the new steam-powered mill in Hitchin under the management of James Bowman’s sons, Ernest and Harry.

1916 – During World War I, when Jas Bowman was milling flour on three sites and animal feed on another, both brothers lost their eldest sons in action.

1918 – Ernest’s son, "Young Ernest," took up the mantle and ran the business until the end of World War II.

1939 – World War II brings labor shortages and direct government control.

1945 – "Young Ernest’s" son, Peter, becomes managing director, a position he was to hold for the next 40 years.

1946 – Edward Smyth, son-in-law of James, became chairman until 1963.

1963 – Company develops its unique "Trident" range of heat treated products.

1969 – Construction of new low-profile mill at Ickleford.

1975 – Acquisition of the Croysdales milling business in Yorkshire, in the North of England.

1980 – Construction of another new milling plant at Ickleford and closure of Hitchin mill.

1984 – Guy Bowman becomes the fifth-generation head of the company.

1992 – Opening of new heat treatment plant in Yorkshire and launch of Bowman Ingredients.

1999 – Opening of Technology Centre at Ickleford.

2004 – Formation of Bowman Ingredients South Africa.

2008 – Proposed launch of "next generation" heat treatment technology