February 2011 saw Glasgow Engineering become the Tasmanian distributor for the famous English cookers, Aga and Rayburn. This was a push into supplying high quality domestic style products to fill the void appearing in the declining heavy industry sector in Tasmania. These cookers have the ability to supply domestic hot water and hydronic heating as well as cooking, and complement the generator sales for customers living in the remote parts of Tasmania where electricity is not available.
Aga and Rayburn cookers are solid cast iron and can weigh as much as 500kg, being cast at the famous Coalbrookdale Foundry. Coalbrookdale is a village in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England, containing a settlement of great significance in the history of iron ore smelting. This is where iron-ore was first smelted by Abraham Darby using easily mined "coking coal" in 1709. The coal was drawn from drift mines in the sides of the valley. As it contained far fewer impurities than normal coal, the iron it produced was of a superior quality.
Along with many other industrial developments that were going on in other parts of the country, this discovery was a major factor in the growing industrialisation of Britain, which was to become known as the Industrial Revolution.