Shared mottos can help drive determination and get to the core of what is important. At Morgan Engineering, the team lives up to the ethos of “we make it happen,” offering world class services and equipment to Australia’s industrial engineering industry.
Since its establishment in 1975, the business has situated itself at the forefront of specialised computer aided design and drafting (CADD), line boring, large capacity computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, on-site machining and heavy fabrication. They are now one of the most established and sought-after services in the Hunter Valley region, dedicated to “thinking outside the box” when it comes to complex mechanical tasks.
“We have been delivering specialised engineering services to the coal mining and construction industries for over 40 years,” says Jeremy Brett, Morgan Engineering’s General Manager. “The company has grown from a small engineering shop into a team of over 60 highly trained tradespeople.”
Company directors Chelsea, Martin and Matthew Morgan have decades of experience working within the company, with a primary focus on delivering excellent, 24/7 service to their clients.
The contemporary, state-of the-art workshop in Singleton, NSW boasts advanced technology and systems. Their ultramodern, high-capacity workshop features a Mazak Integrex i-400 multi-tasking machine and a Mazak MTV815/80 vertical machining centre. The tooling network is managed by a single overarching enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, allowing high-capacity production flow and quality design.
“We foster an attitude that supports continuous improvement. The way our workshop is set up helps us to provide innovative, bespoke, cost effective, timely, quality assured and reliable engineering solutions for all clients,” explains Jeremy.
He points out that Morgan Engineering places a strong focus on values and culture, and the team works hard to align those frameworks in day-to-day operations. Shaping the culture of the business has a big positive impact on success, and their ability to attract and retain the right people.
“At Morgan Engineering, we believe that culture matters and that the company’s vision and culture will set us apart from other engineering companies. Our continued success and opportunities for growth comes from our great team culture. We value our employees and think they are the engine of this organisation. Our clients receive better outcomes, and our team is happier and healthier. We do this by creating a friendly and supportive work environment for our staff. This includes keeping encouraging and maintaining open and honest communication as well as keeping each other accountable for our actions.”
“Our values are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation, and by committing to them as a team, it ensures we are all working toward the same goals. This commitment supports our culture, and shape who we are as a business.”
In addition to this, Morgan Engineering is constantly seeking to support and become involved in the Hunter Region broader community. Proudly supporting the growth of local engineering and tradespeople, this includes outreach to youth through school careers days and training opportunities. Over the years they have also demonstrated a commitment to building relationships with individuals and groups via donations and sponsorships.
“We employ fourteen apprentices and are proud to offer further opportunities for young people. We also have a long and proud history of sponsoring local sporting teams and charity events, such as the Newcastle Black Dog Ride and various food drives. We are a generous supporter of the Singleton Show and support other businesses in the local community throughout the year.”
While the impact of Covid-19 has been felt through restrictions and increased costs of business, Jeremy states that full compliance and the safety of employees has always been a priority. Ongoing challenges have arisen from the strain on international coal exports, but Morgan Engineering has been quick to adapt.
“The safety of our staff and clients was our number one priority as we ensured adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and sanitiser were available, while risk assessing and adjusting our workshop layout traffic flow to allow for social distancing measures.”
Morgan Engineering utilises modern techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, staying ahead of the competition and delivering on first class outcomes. Putting together and maintaining this production network relies on the quality and competitive lead times from Motion Australia – the country’s largest distributor of bearings and power transmissions.
“Morgan Engineering are proudly 100 per cent Australian owned, and we source from local suppliers such as our nearest Motion Australia branch. We get our bearings and consumable products through Timken, Loctite, NTN, CRC and Inox for their ongoing reliability.”
Mark Hill, one of the reps at the CBC Rutherford branch, says that collaboration and ongoing contact are key to developing a long-lasting relationship with Motion Australia’s customers. “We work very closely with Morgan Engineering – I chat to them on the phone several times a week and drive up to visit their site as often as I can.”
“We mostly supply them with bearings and consumables. On top of that, we are proud to offer friendly service and expert advice wherever we can. It is always about working together to find the best solutions.”
Making a footprint in the industry takes time and patience, but the company is known for putting heads together and striving for innovative ways forward. High-calibre work ethic and diverse skillsets are what drives them to excel, all while maintaining focus on strengthening local industries.
“Whether it’s a local farmer with a small engineering problem that requires a solution, or a large blue chip mining organisation, we pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to unique problems,” says Jeremy. “Our vision and culture are what sets us apart, and we are proud to be constantly changing, growing and evolving.”