The year is 1947. The New Zealand Navy holds the first Waitangi Day celebrations at the treaty house grounds in Waitangi, Mabel Howard becomes the country’s first woman cabinet minister, the All Blacks win the Bledisloe cup, and in the rural Waikato community of Morrinsville BLM Engineering Co Ltd opens for business. BLM was founded by Jim Bates, Keith Limmer and Fred Moore, three young men who had only recently completed their engineering apprenticeships. The entrepreneurial nature of these three young men was also matched by a passion for adventure. In October 1947, just shortly after the formation of BLM Engineering, Keith Limmer left to work at sea with the Union Steamship Co. He returned in 1949 and remained with BLM until 1985.
Shortly after Keith’s return Fred Moore left to take up an engineer’s position at Mount Isa in Australia. Jim Bates had a passion for inventing, so much so that one associate described him as “the nearest approach to a mad inventor I have ever met”. One project that he took on was the design of special honey extraction equipment for a beekeeper by the name of Edmund Hillary, and it was through this encounter that Jim became involved with Sir Ed’s famous trip to the South Pole on Massey Ferguson tractors.
In the early days the focus of the business was servicing the agricultural industry, and it was this work that provided the springboard to major projects throughout New Zealand. These projects ranged from the Marsden Point oil refinery to the Kaimai rail tunnel, from dairy and meat companies to chemical plants, from forestry projects to the requirements of the agricultural sector, and from local authorities to small business needs.
BLM is confident in its ability to be a strong player in the engineering industry in the future.Plans are already underway for a new manufacturing facility to be built in Morrinsville, an indication of the firm’s ongoing commitment to the local economy.
Managing Director and Board Member
Jon is NZCE Mechanical qualified and has a background in mechanical engineering with over 35 years industry experience. He has worked for BLM since 1978, starting "on the tools", progressing to shareholder in 1985. Jon oversees a range of corporate tasks including administration, finance and resources, as well as working with select clients within the production environment.
Don looks after the day to day management, sales, health and safety and planning for the future of BLM Engineering.
Having a trade background as a Fitter-Welder, he has worked on many mechanical projects and sites throughout New Zealand and overseas.With a Management Diploma and 25+ years as a manager, Don has the ability to direct complex projects from concept to full operational status, with a focus on delivering quality engineering services he leads his team to be a turnkey engineering solutions provider.
Tony is a qualified Fitter Machinist (National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering - Fitting and Machining, L4) who began at BLM as an apprentice and has worked his way to Machine Shop Manager after a period in Australia rebuilding and crewing land based oil drilling rigs. Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to BLM with his experience in fitting and turning and mechanical works, His knowledge covers a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, dairy, quarrying, oil and gas and ISO tanks and overall general engineering.
Divisional Manager – Fabrication Shop
Evan holds a National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Heavy Fab L4) and has worked from BLM since 2012 starting as an apprentice and has worked his way to being our Fabrication Shop Foreman.. His wealth of experience enables him to meet customers’ expectations in a professional and timely manner, and ensure we produce quality work that is up to industry standards.
Divisional Manager – Mechanical Services
DIP TECH (Mech Eng) Trades Cert (Maint-Diag)
Nick is our lead mechanical maintenance provider with an emphasis on performing preventative maintenance tasks, providing quality work and meeting deadlines to keep our customers sites operational. Nick served his apprenticeship with another company in order to learn different skill sets, which he brought to BLM when he joined the company in 2007.