Roma business celebrates 25 years in business
ROMA-based engineering company Sharpe Engineering started out on the outskirts of town in a rented shed with a lathe, a horizontal borer, a shaping machine and an abundance of ambition.
From little things, big things grow - on October 26 the Roma business will celebrate 25 years. the Sharpe Engineering operation now includes three workshops across Queensland filled with state-of-the-art equipment and nearly 100 staff, a stark contrast to their humble beginnings.
While the company now does business all over Australia and internationally, co-founder and Chief Executive, Peter Sharpe, said the headquarters of the business will always be in Roma.
“The reality is that the business has grown with the support of local suppliers and business operators and the management team is committed to giving back to the community that has shown us so much support over the past 25 years,” he said.
“We believe that regional centres of Queensland will be the key to ongoing support for engineering and manufacturing operations like ours so we’re staying put.”
After traipsing the world working in the oil and gas industry, Anne and Peter Sharpe wanted to settle in Roma to raise their three school age children and build their own business.
Those three children are now all directors of the family company.
And what will the company do to celebrate a quarter of a century in business.
“We’ve launched our first ever national marketing campaign to show people how our business
has integrated with the community, with farming, with oil and gas and with local business”, Mr Sharpe said.
“We realised that most Australians won’t get to see a Sharpe Engineering product up close because a lot of what we manufacture ends up down a well, whether that be water wells or gas wells.
“It’s a simple fact that if you have a well in your paddock in Queensland, it’s highly likely there’s a piece of Sharpe Engineering in there somewhere.”