MORRIS SHEETMETAL WORKS LTD
09 636 5131 // MORRISSHEETMETAL.CO.NZ
Hi, Mark. How long has Morris Sheetmetal Works Ltd been operating for, and what are your bread-and-butter services?
“The company has been in business since 1971 and we have a fully functional tool, press, fabrication, and welding shop, as well as mobile welding services, on-site fabrication repairs, and full installation. Most of our work involves cutting, pressing, and fabricating products such as stainless-steel tanks, conveyor pressings, house flashings, machine guards to comply with the new health and safety act, dust extraction ducts, and bench tops — we fabricated all the workshop benches for the Giltrap Group. We also specialize in argon TIG, MIG, and arc welding, both aluminium and stainless steel, including purge welding.
“So, we can pretty much make anything out of sheet metal in the shop, and then weld it in on site if required.”
We understand that you’re quite involved in motorsport and cars outside of work, too?
“Yes, I personally have been involved in hot rodding since 1969, and have a ‘41 Willys coupe which has been on the road for 20 years, and am just in the finishing stages of a Willys roadster after a 10 year build. I was also involved with dirt track racing and rallycross in the earlier years, having built and worked on many cars. A few of the staff here are also into cars and motorsport.”
How has that interested fed back into the business?
“Well, I suppose that’s why we also offer small-parts fabrication that includes automotive applications. We can make up things likes restoration panels and chassis members. In the past, we’ve fabricated running boards for trucks, as well as alloy and stainless-steel fuel tanks. The tooling is the same, so a we can fabricate and weld a number of items in the shop. And if you’re looking to fit out your garage or workshop, our services cover the fabrication and installation of work benches, shelving, and safety pieces — there’s nothing like a fresh workshop.”
And the readers can also purchase material for their own projects from you?
“Yes, we can supply plain material — mild steel, alloy, stainless. And we often have people coming in enquiring about purchasing small offcuts to make things such as brackets at home themselves.
“At the same time, we can ascertain what components you’re attempting to make yourself, and perhaps offer our long list of services in order to ensure a quality finish; be it full fabrication of the component or just cutting the material to the required size — we’re happy to help.”
Thanks for the insight, Mark.