Metco engineer their way to the top
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-
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’’.
Metco Engineering general manager Mark O’Donnell says the win is recognition of a lot of hard work.