Where it all began
Rising oil prices in the early 70’s forced one business to close and another one to open. With experience in stainless steel fabrication and oil-fired heating products, Bill Hansen and Brian Francis saw an opportunity for a new sheet metal engineering business in the Hutt Valley – so Metco Engineering was born at 150 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita. After about eighteen months Bill sold his sharing holding in Metco to Nigel Messenger.
The majority of their work in the early years came from the car assembly plants, and they quickly established a reputation for quality and exceptional service. Their diversifying business was successful for over 30 years.
After their number one customer was sold to a Chinese buyer in 2001 and moved off shore, they decided it was time for some new blood and a change of direction for Metco. At this stage the company was well established and had a great name in the Wellington area, which presented a perfect opportunity.