Our History

In 1978 Brian John Howes (B.J. Howes) formed BJ Howes Pty Ltd incorporating Gosford Scrap Metal, and began trading as a scrap metal merchant buying and selling scrap out of the old Lisarow packing sheds, which were located at the current Lisarow premises.

Over the years the business evolved into a distributor for industrial gases, welding products and power tools and eventually became a Metaland franchise.

Today the business is owned and operated by Brian`s two sons Michael and David Howes. They continue to operate the business under the same family values that Brian founded and built its foundations on – Honesty, Loyalty, Quality and Service.

The BJ Howes Group of Businesses employs over 50 staff across 5 locations which includes BJ Howes Metaland Lisarow, Charmhaven on the Central Coast and Avro Metaland Tamworth, Gunnedah and Armidale in the North West of NSW. The BJ Howes Group is no longer a scrap metal merchant, but specializes in the supply of steel products, industrial gases, welding products and industrial gear, to a broad range of markets from the DIY & home handyman to small, medium & large trade businesses to multi national mining companies.

Our BJ Howes Metaland and Avro Metaland businesses pride themselves on the company slogan “Don`t Drop The Ball On Quality”, providing quality products, services and advice.

All our stores provide all the products and solutions you require to get the job done and fast. Everything from steel, steel products, fasteners, fittings, welding gear, gas, safety gear to cutting & grinding gear, hand tools, tool storage, paints, air tools and cleaning gear plus heaps more, all at the one location.

Each store has a planned layout for a fast, safe, effective and easy shopping experience, with dedicated car park, undercover drive thru pick up areas, showrooms showcasing the complete product range with solutions in an easy to find layout and a range of value adding services such as delivery, cutting, cropping, drilling, oxy cutting, flashback testing, customized farm gate manufacture and galvanizing.

Our BJ Howes Metaland and Avro Metaland stores take pride in supporting local schools via sponsorships, donations, product support and providing work experience. We also support local and national charities such as Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Cancer Council, and local sporting clubs such as the Ourimbah Wyoming Junior and Senior Rugby League Football Clubs.

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