History

Parr & Co Ltd was established in 1871 and originally situated on the waterfront of the port, where blacksmiths threw their lunch crusts to the seagulls swimming in the sea below. Since then Parr & Co has grown and diversified into one of South Canterbury’s most well-known and respected engineering companies, yet still retains the same attributes for engineering excellence, now known as Parr Excellence.


Parr &Co has been in the forefront of the mechanical engineering, with one of the blacksmiths, Mr Stevenson, manufacturing the engine crankshaft for the original Richard Pearse aircraft which is thought to have flown at Waitohi in 1903. The Loop Road Bridge is an icon of South Canterbury and saw Parr & Co undertaking specialised welding on the expansion joints, which required 1.5 tons of welding electrodes.


Restoration of Timaru'shistoric Royal Arcade was another unique job that saw Parr & Co in 1996 fabricate and install the complex steelwork that stands in the arcade today. Take a ride in the lift on the TimaruPiazza down to the iconic Caroline Bay area, and you will be safe in knowing the steelwork for this lift was manufactured by the experienced team at Parr & Co.


Parr & Co has built over six commercial fishing trawlers and crayfishing vessels. More recently Parr & Co designed and built the covered stage area over the Caroline Bay Sound Shell in Timaru.


Parr & Co continues to be involved in major projects locally in South Canterbury, from irrigation pipe work consisting of 1.8 meter diameter steel pipes, to boiler installations on new and existing dairy company sites.


Parr & Co is proud to be an integral part of South Canterbury and appreciates the support it receives from so many specialist and innovative clients from throughout the community. Engineering excellence is part of our company culture.

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Our speciality is solving your engineering problems. Contact us now admin@parr.co.nz or freephone
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