PART TWO – The First LawnmasterSteelfort Engineering
, of 500 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North
, is a large company today,
selling a variety of local and imported products [see External Links].
They have a fascinating history.
Lawnmaster is Steelfort’s own lawnmower brand; made in reel and rotary configurations.
Their website gives a history of the company …
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.
The surprising thing is that Steelfort did not design the first ‘Lawnmaster’! In the same year – 1946 –
Steelfort acquired Fuller Engineering, who made the very first Lawnmaster.
In 1946, Mr McOviney acquired the reel mower manufacturing business of Fuller Engineering
This business would strengthen the existing manufacturing base and would become the forerunner of
the “LawnMaster” brand that today receives global recognition in the Outdoor Power Equipment industry. The caption reads: -http://www.steelfort.co.nz/