Peabody Holmes, Dresser and GE
In 1973 BHD sold WC Holmes to the London based firm Peabody. Peabody was known for their scrubbers used to deal with flue gases. The new firm of Peabody Holmes would continue to develop and manufacture industrial blowers, many of which still form a core part of the Howden range such as the Tri-Nado blowers as well as HR 80 Blowers, RBTM Blowers, HV Boosters and XPL. All these products are still supported (and some are still manufactured) by Howden.
In 1990 Dresser Roots acquired Peabody Holmes and the Huddersfield factory and added more blower products to the range produced there, including URAI and RAS/RGS machines. In 2007, the Huddersfield factory was closed and the main UK operation moved to Skelmersdale, where it remained until 2015 when Howden’s parent company, Colfax, purchased the Roots operation from GE (who had purchased Dresser in 2010) and the factory work was moved to Renfrew.