All the latest Steelfort news
9 May 2016
We are very pleased to advise you all that Steelfort has been appointed the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Kymco Products, with immediate effect.
Kymco is an International company based in Taiwan synonymous with quality, established in 1963. Kymco is the world’s largest manufacturer of Quad bikes, Motor Cycles & Scooters.
20 April 2015
Steelfort are very excited to be appointed by Miele to become the B Stock Miele appliance retailer.
We are thrilled to open our showroom doors to the general public today. We are located at Unit L, 10-20 Sylvia Park Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland, 1060, NZ.
We are selling Miele Kitchen appliances that are ex-display stock. Our product range will include all Miele appliances. Come along and have a look!
12 January 2015
Tom receives a presentation from John McOviney, Steelfort's very own Managing Director and son of the founder of Steelfort.
Well done Tom for all you loyalty, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness over the years.
This is Tom's story
Tom Signal started work at Steelfort in the spare parts department during December 1969 straight from leaving school. Over the years Tom has seen the Company grow from working with the original owner Frank McOviney alongside a small group of employees and manufacturing two lines of products (LawnMaster and Stainless Steel) to what it has become now. Over 100 employees who are developing, manufacturing and supporting multiple product ranges.
Tom has fond memories of playing soccer out the back of the factory canteen on hot sunny days and going with Frank to collect shells from the beach for the peacocks on the farm.
During the last 45 years, Tom feels that Steelfort is a great Company to work for. The employees throughout the years have been amazing; we work hard and have a few laughs each day. “I especially enjoy working with our customers and building good strong relationships throughout the years”.
Well done Tom, we all feel very privileged to work alongside you!!
9 December 2014
I have had the great pleasure of having a chat with James the winner of our competition. James lives in the Auckland area and is a gardener by trade. Here’s what he had to say about the products he won!
How did you feel about winning? “I was over the moon about winning these products”
Have you used the products? “I have used most of them.”
What are the benefits of the products to you? “The benefits to me are I can expand my gardening business and do more than I was before”.
What are your favourite products? “The battery Worx drill which I think is so amazing and a real treasure. I also enjoy using the ride on mower, chipper shredder, lawnmower and chainsaw. These have been used many times now and are proving to be extremely popular with my customers and me.”
It was lovely hearing about how useful all the products have been to James and knowing that they are being put to good use, not only for James but, also for his customers!!
1 December 2014
We at Steelfort believe in helping future Engineers in developing their skills and knowledge by supporting them to complete their practicum's during summer break.. We had the pleasure of having a student here during this summer, here is his story:
What are you studying?
Computer and Electronic Engineering.
What made you think of Steelfort as a placement?
It is a good place to get work experience. There are lots of elements of engineering in Steelfort.
Was it difficult to get a placement?
Yes, I was very lucky. Some of my classmates found it very difficult.
How long have you been here?
What are the benefits of having a practicum?
It helps the degree to be more rounded. You can apply your knowledge in real life situations.
Have you enjoyed your time at Steelfort?
Yes, it has been very worthwhile.
And we at Steelfort believe that our future engineers should get the experience and exposure to their desired industry. With a chance to utilise their theoretical skills in a practical workplace.
23 October 2014
We at Steelfort felt that the best way to show our support for our very own Manawatu Turbos was to go green at work on Friday. We are very privileged and honoured to be a Manawatu Turbos Sponsor. We were absolutely delighted when the Turbos won the Championship Final Full Time: Manawatu 32 Hawkes Bay 24! Well done, Go Turbos Go!
19 August 2014
Rona McOviney, the wife of the founder of Steelfort, Frank McOviney, died on the 19th August 2014 48 hours prior to her 95th Birthday.
Rona, mother of the current Managing Director John McOviney, was regarded as the matriarch of the "Steelfort" family.
Rona will be remembered as a truly gracious lady and will be sadly missed by her family and many of the long standing Steelfort staff.
12 February 2014
Hawkes Bay professional Doug Holloway became the most successful player in the history of The Charles Tour when he won the LawnMaster Classic by two strokes in perfect conditions in Palmerston North today. The 30-year-old, who secured his fifth title to jump one win clear of New Zealand No.1 Michael Hendry, carded rounds of 67, 68, 71 and 71 for an 11-under par total at the Manawatu Golf Club for an impressive wire-to-wire win. Holloway finished two clear of Masterton professional Harry Bateman (69) with Southland No.1 Vaughan McCall (73), who claimed the leading amateur title, and a further shot back in a share of third place alongside South Korean professional Dongwoo Kang (71). His back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 proved the difference in the end as he held on for a long awaited fifth win.
“It is pretty cool,” said the likeable professional, who had his wife Rebecca on his bag today. “I made hard work of it today at times but it is a huge thrill to win again on The Charles Tour.”
It was Holloway’s first win on The Charles Tour in six years – a long time ago since he won three Wairakei Open titles in succession (from 2006 – 2008). Holloway, who won the Taranaki Open in 2005 as an amateur, was a proud to get it done over 72 holes. “I had forgotten how hard it is to win over four rounds,” he joked. “It was a tough battle but I am really pleased that when I was put under pressure this week I responded. “It is pretty neat to get over the line again. It has been six long years since I won one of these so it’s nice to know my game is moving in the right direction again. Hopefully I can move forward from here.” He said his birdies midway through the back nine had him believing that he had one hand on the trophy. “I hadn’t birdied 14 all week so it was really nice to get one there. We went from being right next to each [on the scoreboard] to me opening up a bit of a buffer. They were important moments.” Holloway spent the offseason working on his parent’s sheep and cattle farm which he said totally refreshed his mind and got him ready to compete again. It showed this week as he handled the pressure of holding the lead for all 72 holes like a season pro. There are a number of moments that Holloway – who got back to his ball-striking best – will reflect on as key to his long-awaited win. His 67 and 68 in the strong winds of the opening two rounds were superb and four shots better than the rest of the field. He dropped back to a share of the lead when he started poorly in the third round but he rallied coming down the stretch to birdie the final two holes to ensure that he was the player to beat on Sunday. It was a similar story this morning as the leader played the opening five holes in two-over par. But he responded in kind when he made back-to-back birdies on six and seven to restore his advantage. From there Holloway was rock-solid. He made seven straight pars before he made a clutch birdie on the 14th to jump to 11-under par and earn a three shot lead. The gap seemed too wide for the challengers as holes were running out to chase him down. Bateman, one of New Zealand’s promising up-and-coming pros, made things interesting when he made three birdies on 13, 14 and 15 to get to nine-under par. “I had a really good run there and I thought I was going to give him a pretty good chase down the last few holes,” said the 23-year-old pro. “I wanted to finish birdie-birdie to put the pressure on but he played pretty solid and deserved his win.” In the group behind Holloway was equal to the challenge and also match clutch birdies on the two par fives in the defining stretch of the final 18 holes. “Harry is a quality player and there were a lot of good guys around me so to go wire-to-wire against them is really satisfying. “In this sort of form I am looking forward to heading down to Queenstown to play the New Zealand Open. It should be good fun.” The NZ Open is a tournament that all Kiwis are looking forward to. But first a time to reflect and the 2014 LawnMaster Classic will be remembered for being the time when Holloway made history at Hokowhitu.
3 December 2013
A big yellow spider will soon be spotted crawling along the grass next to Auckland's motorways. The 335kg 'Spider Mower' has been imported from the Czech Republic.
In a New Zealand first, the remote controlled lawn mower will be used to keep the 173 hectares of grass along the region's motorway network neat and tidy. It's operated by a remote control by a person up to 50m away. Auckland Motorway Alliance director Tony Fisher says it can complete two days of mowing in five hours - but stresses it won't be putting anyone out of a job.
"The amount of growth that we've had in the network, Hobsonville Motorway for example added another 60 hectares of grass to be mowed. "So it'll just help us to keep up with the growth of the network."
Mr Fisher says the mower is the perfect answer to a potentially risky and time consuming job. "We're going to use it on steep terrain where we can't get to safely with our employees."