The Smithbridge Group has a long and eventful history. Here you can read about significant events in the Group since 1964.

  • 1964.   Commenced  trading as John C Smith ContractorsLtd at Rangiora near Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.    The business grew to include drainage,  bridge and wharf construction, crane rental,  farming,  transport,  and  ready mixed concrete production.  This operation covered all of the South Island of New Zealand.
     
  • 1986.   Construction operations expand to the North Island in New Zealand with winning the Northern Wairoa Bridge project  at Dargaville  when Albert Smith joins the company.
     
  • 1990.  Business split  to Albert Smith Industries Ltd (ASI) in North Island - based in Hamilton , and Daniel Smith Industries Ltd based in the South Island at Rangiora. 
     
  • 1992.   ASI  head office  moves to Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty,  and workshops and precast yard is established. Construction and Crane hire activities grow to NZ$40mil p.a. revenue and 100+ employees by 1997.
     
  • 1993. Overseas operations commenced in Guam in the North Pacific.  
     
  • 1997.  ASI became 50% owner of McConnell Smith Ltd with the McConnell family to undertake Otira Viaduct Project in the New Zealand  Southern Alps.
     
  • 1997.  ASI became 30% shareholder with younger brother Tim Smith in Smith Cranes & Construction Ltd in Christchurch.  Smith Cranes acquires Drury Crane Hire  to become active in mobile crane rental business as well as pre cast concrete manufacture and civil construction. 
     
  • 2000 (Jan).  After completion of the Otira Viaduct  ASI repurchase 50%of McConnell Smith from the McConnell Family and rename the100% owned construction business as Smithbridge in Guam & New Zealand.
     
  • 2000 (June) Finalize purchase of Yigo Quarry property  in Guam,  establish permanent Smithbridge Guam office at the quarry site,  and commence rock product manufacturing & division of Smithbridge Guam business.   
     
  • 2001.   Smithbridge AustraliaPty Ltd  commences operations in Australia as 100% owned subsidiary of ASI Ltd. 
     
  • 2002  (March).   ASI became a shareholder in Waikato Cranes and Auckland Cranes in Hamilton & Auckland NZ and Smithbridge NZ  crane rental activities transfer  to Auckland Cranes.
     
  • 2002.  (April)   Albert Smith relocates with family to Brisbane and ASI Group head office moves to Brisbane. 
     
  • 2003.  (March)  ASI sells the Smithbridge NZ business to HEB Contractors and ceases participation in civil construction in the New Zealand North Island. 
     
  • 2004 (June) Smithbridge Guam acquires Rocky Mountain Prestress business in Guam and becomes significant precast & pre stressed concrete manufacturer.
  • 2006. (January) Take Paul Brady on as 51% shareholder/ manager in  Smithbridge Australia Pty Ltd. 
     
  • 2007  (November)  Rocky Mountain Precast in Guam becomes 60% own subsidiary company with Chris Rabbets and Tim Wendon becoming joint 40% shareholder/  managers. 
  • 2008  (July).  Form Smithbridge New Caledonia SARL-  to bid wharf construction work in New Caledonia.  Commence with French shareholder manager (Olivier Simon) but convert to 100% owned ASI subsidiary mid  2009.  Win Koniambo Wharf Project in November 2008 and commence operations in NC in Feb 2009. 
  • 2010 (October).  Paul Brady resigns from Smithbridge Australia Pty Ltd to form Brady Marine & Civil Pty Ltd as a direct competitor to Smithbridge.  Smithbridge Australia Pty Ltd stops tendering new work and moves to phase of completion of all current contracts and obligations in preparation for future  ASI buy  back of Brady shareholding in Smithbridge Australia Pty Ltd  after financial and other obligations are fulfilled.    
     
  • 2010 (November).   Australian parent company (Albert Smith Industries Pty Ltd) renamed as Smithbridge Group Pty Ltd to continue the Australian bridge and marine construction activities during transition phase of Smithbridge Australia.   This allows combining of the Smithbridge tendering & engineering resources of the Guam,  New Caledonia & Australian divisions.