Born in Germany in 1941.
Migrated to Australia in 1954.
High school education at Liverpool High School for two years, and then Montero High School in Cooma, New South Wales for three years. We moved to Cooma early 1957. My father got a job on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Joined BHP Steel Mount Kembla as a mechanical engineering trainee at the end of 1958 – my dream job at a time when it was very difficult for young people to get a job. Mechanical engineered diploma course, Wollongong Tech College.
After two years with the engineers, was transferred to operations, a blessing in disguise. As that opened up, many more opportunities. Progressed to Rolling Mill manager position by 1970 and transferred to Newcastle Steelworks 1981, family and all. After 10 years, managing number one and number two bar mills as well as some time in marketing was headhunted by Commsteel to manage their new rolling mill being installed.
After some serious disagreements with the CEO was sacked after 12 months and started up Mill Tech in February, 1992 – an engineering (or special) bar processor. The aim was to replace imported engineering bar, which was forever being delivered late. There were five other companies curing out one or more of the processes. Initially, the company was run by my wife and I, and all the processing was contract contracted out, i.e. Heat treatment bar, peeling, grinding and chrome plating. Over time we acquired the necessary processing equipment, and we were operating out of a BHP rented shed from which we were kicked out when the steelworks closed them down.
Commenced operations out our own premises at Tomago in August, 2001. Since then, have acquired world class continuous induction, heat treatment line, and continuous chrome plating lines, which run without people on night shift. Acquired the well-known Martin Bright steel operations from One Steel in
2008, doubling the size of Milltech and making the company a full integrated bar processor. We are the only surviving bar processor left in Australia, employing 800 plus people and producing 400 tons of the last financial year out of three sites, we sold 850 tons in the first year.
Our success is largely due to having the right equipment and of course, talented people, particularly my two stepsons who greatly assisted in making the company into what it is today. I developed a serious interest in reducing our energy consumption and became an environmentally more responsible. When Julia Gillard introduced a carbon tax in 2013/2014, the carbon tax killed off the only serious advantage we had against cheap Asian imports energy, and very quickly mobilized me into serious action.