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PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 20 February 2017

Fisons employees training with heavy machinery in 1974

Fisons employees training with heavy machinery in 1974

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Fisons was one of the largest companies in Suffolk for many years - but disappeared from the scene in the 1990s.

The old Fisons factory in Paper Mill Lane, Ipswich. Picture: Barry PullenThe old Fisons factory in Paper Mill Lane, Ipswich. Picture: Barry Pullen

It had been founded as a fertilised company in Victorian times as Edward Packard and Sons – but after buying James Fison and Co from Thetford in 1919 it became Packard and Fison.

Fisons held a fete in Ipswich in 1965Fisons held a fete in Ipswich in 1965

In 1942 the name was shortened to Fisons, and for the next 40 years it was a leading fertiliser and peat manufacturer – branching out into pharmaceuticals.

Fisons employees holding a meeting as they strike in 1972Fisons employees holding a meeting as they strike in 1972

In 1982 the fertiliser business was sold to Norsk Hydro and the company concentrated on pharmaceuticals.

One of the spokesman of the employees on strike at Fisons in 1972One of the spokesman of the employees on strike at Fisons in 1972

During the 1980s the company was one of the largest pharmaceutical giants in Britain making asthma drugs – and it was listed on the Stock Exchange.

Fisons recognising long-serving employees in 1973Fisons recognising long-serving employees in 1973

Although the company’s products were not manufactured in Ipswich the company’s headquarters remained at Princes Street in the town.

Awarding employees for their outstanding service at Fisons in 1971Awarding employees for their outstanding service at Fisons in 1971

Fisons were the main sponsors of Ipswich Town from 1986 to 1995.

The winners of an inter-firm hockey 7s final for Fisons in 1974The winners of an inter-firm hockey 7s final for Fisons in 1974

The former Fisons fertiliser departments continued to make products at Levington and at Paper Mill Lane at Bramford, but those wound down several years ago.

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