IN THE BEGINNING ...
In June 1973 Harry Kelley, his son Henry and long-time friend Geoff Mather, started business in a small tin shed on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. It was located at the back of the Shoalhaven Milling Company, then known as 'Horlicks'.
After two years, with business expanding rapidly and with very little room, a new location was needed. Land was purchased in Victa Way, Bomaderry (the present location) and the building of a factory and office was commenced in 1976. Further growth of the company resulted in extensions to both the factory and the office in 1987, doubling its size.
While downturns in the economy have resulted in some lean times for businesses over the past thirty years, Welmec has continued to steadily grow. The business started with only the initial three founders and has grown to the present thirty two full-time and two part-time employees.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Where did the name Welmec come from??? Simple - WEL for Welding and MEC for Mechanical
Harry Kelley served his time as a blacksmith until 1947 when he went to work for his father-in-law on a farm at Numbaa. Harry then joined Henry and Geoff in 1973 to establish Welmec. Harry retired in 2001 but still drops in from time to time to keep an eye on things.
Henry Kelley also worked on the farm for a short time before commencing his boilermaker apprenticeship at 'Kelley & Ingrams' at Bomaderry. Henry worked there for eleven years and four months before deciding to start his own business. Geoff Mather worked at Frances Shell Service Station as a mechanic. Geoff Harry and Henry had ideas of doing mechanical work as well as fabrication, and they continued together until Geoff was bought out of the business.
Henry Kelley (left) with David Maringer receiving a Pride of Workmanship Award
from Rotary International in 2002
Utex Pty. Ltd trading as Welmec
3 Victa Way, Bomaderry NSW 2541
ABN 20 800 918 918
© Welmec 2011