Local man’s journey from farm shed to multi-business owner
IT BEGAN in 1987 when one of Michael Pearson's friends asked him to build a toolbox.
When the same friend kept coming back for more products Mr Pearson knew he could turn this into a business.
His love of designing and creating, coupled with an advanced diploma in mechanical engineering, prompted Mr Pearson to establish manufacturing business Downs Sheet Metal.
With Mr Pearson at the helm, Downs Sheet Metal specialises in sheet metal parts, tool boxes and a diverse range of supplies for the defence force.
With his team of 15 builders, engineers and other associated workers, Mr Pearson manufactures ute cabinets, storage boxes, stacker boxes, fridge storage units and combination boxes.
Mr Pearson said the durability and quality of their products, partnered with years of experience is what sets Downs Sheet Metal apart from its competitors.
Each product goes through a process of CAD design, laser cutting, pressing and bending, fabrication, machining and powder coating to ensure products of the highest quality are delivered to the customers.
Since he used the proceeds earned from the sale of his very first toolboxes to pay for his wedding to now owning several businesses in Dalby, Mr Pearson has made a name for himself as a leading expert in the industry.
But Mr Pearson told the Herald it was just a love of designing and creating innovative products that inspired him to start the business all those years ago. He said watching a product become tangible and usable from just a light-bulb idea is what he finds most satisfying. As far as short and long-term goals go, Mr Pearson said he plans to keep it simple and will continue to design durable, high-quality products and sustain a level of business despite external factors like the drought.
Downs Sheet Metal is located on the Warrego Highway in Dalby.