About Us

Steelfort is committed to the continuation of this family business with an aim of providing competitive quality products and services by operating a transparent company, with skilled employees, who display pride of involvement in the ongoing development of the company.

Our People

Governance of Steelfort is provided by a transparent programme of monthly board meetings that incorporate personnel responsible for all the varying disciplines of a modern manufacturing and distribution company. The Management Group is as follows:

John McOviney

John McOviney

Managing Director


Peter Smith

Peter Smith

General Manager Finance and Administration


Gavin Lowndes

Gavin Lowndes

General Manager Sales and Marketing


Our established history

In 1946 the late Mr Frank McOviney, an immigrant who came to New Zealand from Yugoslavia (Croatia), established the business now known as Steelfort Engineering Company Limited. His associate company Terrazzo (NZ) Limited had been producing kitchen bench tops for a growing housing market since 1936 and seeing the upsurge in Stainless Steel as the new material of the time, he employed three sheet metal tradesmen to fabricate sink bowls for his “Terrazzo” bench tops. These three personnel finished their employment with the company upon their retirement some forty years later.


Steelfort is committed to supporting Manawatu based organisations that enhance the region's sporting and worthy activities.

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Manawatu Turbos

Steelfort's commitment to the Manawatu Turbo's is more than an investment in rugby. It's an investment in the heart of this community and a real shot in the arm for those who believe in our young people and their potential. Our support gives the union the ability to get the resources required to ensure it puts a competitive Manawatu rugby team on the field.

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LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes

Steelfort has been a supporter of the Manawatu Racing Club since 2002. Originally sponsors of the Awapuni Gold Cup, we are now proud to support the LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes on Saturday 16th December 2017. The Eulogy Stakes was first introduced by the Manawatu Racing Club in 1953. Since its inception it has seen some of New Zealand’s top fillies take out the race. The race is now also part of the valuable New Zealand Bloodstock Filly Of The Year Series and many winners of the Eulogy have gone on to be crowned the Filly of the Year. Past winners include Plume, Snap, Champagne (who then ran second in the Melbourne Cup a year later), Legs, Kings Rose and last year’s winner Volpe Veloce.

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LawnMaster Classic

The LawnMaster Classic, a New Zealand Golf Order of Merit event has been on the golfing calender since 1987.

In February 2013 it became part of The Charles Tour which is a series of 72 home golf tournaments comprising a field of both males and female amateur and professional golfers.

Played at the Manawatu Golf Club, the LawnMaster Classic is an ideal stepping stone to a professional career for amateurs and a chance for young and established professionals to play one of the most beautiful but exacting courses in New Zealand.

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The Arohanui Hospice

The Arohanui Hospice provides palliative care, comfort and compassion to hundreds of patients and their families each year. Steelfort has been involved with the Arohanui Hospice's support programme since 1995.