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Singer Factory, 116 James Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow

Singer had a factory at James Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow before they built the Kilbowie factory. Previously, Singer's first Scottish factory was at Love Loan in High John Street.

By the time the Kilbowie factory was opened Alexander Anderson was Manager at James Street, John MacDonald and Hugh Wallace were Assistant Managers and John McKenzie (son of the Vice President) worked in the Needle Manufacturing Department.

The James Street factory building was begun in August 1872, finished the following year and had an output of 600 machines a week, rising to 5,151 a week by the time the breaking of the ground of the Kilbowie factory. The japanning works were at Bonnybridge and cabinet works across the Clyde in Govan Street.

Compare with the pictures of the Howe factory in Glasgow, under British machines.

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