Metco en­gi­neer their way to the top

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEWTSO AND COLIN WIL­LIAMS

Metco En­gi­neer­ing lifted a lit­tle of the gloom sur­round­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing when it was named supreme win­ner of the Welling­ton Re­gion Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards in Up­per Hutt.

The Lower Hutt firm’s path to over­all busi­ness win­ner fol­lowed their tak­ing the Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Dis­tri­bu­tion ti­tle - one of four main cat­e­gories on the night.

Metco gen­eral man­ager Mark O’Don­nell was ‘‘pretty chuffed’’ with scoop­ing the top award.

‘‘It’s recog­ni­tion of all the hard work that’s been done by a large group of peo­ple. It gives you as­sur­ance that you’re on the right track.

‘‘There are so many good sto­ries in the Welling­ton re­gion and it’s great to cel­e­brate them,’’ he said.

‘‘You hear a lot of doom and gloom, par­tic­u­larly about the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. To be men­tioned along­side other suc­cess sto­ries is hum­bling.’’

Metco En­gi­neer­ing was founded in 2002 as a two-man com­pany when own­ers Brent Greer and Paul Jes­sup be­gan pro­duc­ing win­dow stays.

Fif­teen years down the track, they are still man­u­fac­tur­ing win­dow stays along with hun­dreds of other parts and fin­ished prod­ucts.

The com­pany em­ploys 60 peo­ple mak­ing any­thing and every­thing from re­in­forc­ing wash­ers to pizza ovens.

All prod­ucts are de­signed, fab­ri­cated and fin­ished in-house.

Other busi­ness award win­ners an­nounced on Novem­ber 3 in­cluded Up­per Hutt’s Strictly Savvy for Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices and the RDL Group for Trade Ser­vices and Sup­pli­ers.

‘‘We’ve faced a fair amount of ad­ver­sity in a pretty tough and com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try but we’ve con­tin­ued to defy the odds and proven our worth,’’ RDL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Benji Sned­don said of the Tren­tham con­struc­tion, demo-

BUSI­NESS AWARDS

SUPREME WIN­NER: Metco En­gi­neer­ing Ltd CAT­E­GORY WIN­NERS: Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Metco En­gi­neer­ing Ltd; Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices, Strictly Savvy; Small Busi­ness, Waglands Dogs’ Hol­i­day Re­treat Ltd; Trade Ser­vices and Sup­pli­ers, RDL Group Ltd SPE­CIAL CATEGORYWINNERS: Best Emerg­ing Busi­ness, Hap­py­hire Welling­ton; Not For Profit, Up­per Hutt Cosmopolitan Club; Young Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, Jonny Wil­son - Good­time Mu­sic Academy; May­oral Award, Bren­dan Foot Su­per­site lition and earth­works firm.

More than 400 busi­ness and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives turned out for the black tie af­fair held for a sec­ond year in a row at Up­per Hutt’s Ex­pres­sions Art and En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Or­gan­ised by the Hutt Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, the night fea­tured sev­eral spe­cial awards. These in­cluded a com­bined may­oral award which went to to Alice­town’s Bren­don Foot Su­per­site.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Neville Hyde said the awards ‘‘are a great op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age and ac­knowl­edge busi­ness ex­cel­lence across the Welling­ton re­gion’’.

MATTHEW TSO/STUFF

Metco En­gi­neer­ing gen­eral man­ager Mark O’Don­nell says the win is recog­ni­tion of a lot of hard work.

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