A & J Gelfer had a number of factories in Bridgeton - this is the derelict building in Dora Street.
Abram and Jack founded A & J Gelfer, a successful tie and cap
manufacturing business in Bridgeton which continued until December
2000. A & J Gelfer also manufactured hats for the war forces,
which can still be found today on the various auction websites where
this brand is commented as a certain mark of the itemís
authenticity. Gelfer's first began trading in 1921.
In 1993, Alan Rutherford, managing director, led a management buy-out
and two years later the business diversified into sports headwear and
supplying golf club outlets, increasing turnover to #£4m.
However, foreign competition and the continuing weakness of the euro
hit the business and in December 2000 it went into liquidation as a
result of cash flow problems.
My mother Nessie McArthur was a tailors machinist and worked as a machinist for all of her
working life, latterly in Gelfers factory.