WR Engineering turns 50!

There are many reasons local business WR Engineering is a well-known and respected part of the Canberra community, not least of which is the 50 years of operations it is celebrating in 2017.

Research suggests the average lifespan of companies is 35 years – a benchmark WR Engineering has well and truly outstripped. Another way to think of it is that WR Engineering has been a presence in Canberra for nearly half the city’s lifetime.

Established in 1967 by Brian Read and Peter White, WR Engineering started its life as a metal fabrication business. Today the company is still owned by the family of one of its founders, with Brian’s son Wayne now at the helm.

In 2017, WR Engineering has grown from its original roots and are the specialists when it comes to garage doors, openers and accessories, garage door servicing and repairs, Colorbond fencing, custom screening and gates. It enjoys an excellent reputation for offering high quality products and outstanding service.

Part of its success lies in the partnerships it has built over the years. It has long been a B&D Accredited Dealer, a status not easy to achieve, and has a decades long relationship Lysaght.

While the businesses offerings may have changed over the years, its location has remained the same for half a century. The first WR Engineering shopfront opened at Isa Street, Fyshwick in 1967 and is still there, albeit with some modernisations, including a recent indoor renovation.

The company has strived to give back to the community during its life, and today is closely involved with AFL Canberra and the Tara Costigan Foundation.

On 15 November 2017, WR Engineering celebrated being 50 years young by holding a cocktail function to thank all of those who have helped it reach this point. The event at the National Arboretum honoured WR Engineering’s loyal staff, customers and suppliers.

Canberra Business Chamber congratulates WR Engineering on achieving this impressive milestone and looks forward to it continuing to be part of the ACT business sector for many years to come.