Friday, June 26, 2009

Focus on a Member: Smith & Winfield

Hinton Brown chatting to Jock Mcutcheon

2009 Marks the year that Mr. Hinton Brown officially retires from Smith & Winfield, 60 years after having in 1950, bought the company from a deceased estate for £600.

After leaving his position with the South African Airforce, he entered the building industry with a crash course at the Herbert Evans Contracting Division (now Plascon Paints) in Johannesburg.

His next step was to approach the Master Builders Association to register his company’s ownership. He fondly remembers that the committee of the time “did not eye me with favor, because of my lack of experience.”

However, they were subsequently convinced by Walter Ridl that Mr. Brown’s “experience as a fighter pilot was ample qualifications for surviving in the painting and contracting industry.”

The above photo is of Hinton Brown at his retirement party chatting to Jock Mcutcheon. Jock – a master craftsman from Scotland, joined Smith and Winfield in 1951 as contracts manager. In 1956 he left to start his own company Mcutcheon and Phoenix which was also a long serving member of the Association, until merging with Smith and Winfield in the 1990’s.

Hinton’s son Chris joined the company in 1983, Nigel Murray Rogers in 2003. Today they are the senior members of a dynamic team, that will take Smith & Winfield into the future.

Ernest Roper
Commercial & OnLine Division

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