Men of steel build Clarence Valley

Anthony Rowan and Martin Wicks in the family shop still in use since 1927.
Anthony Rowan and Martin Wicks in the family shop still in use since 1927.

IF you take a look at the buildings in your town, the Wicks family has probably had a hand in their construction.

Wicks and Parker part-owner Anthony Wicks said his family business had helped build libraries, shopping centres, shops, stairs and hand rails all around the Clarence Valley.

"I'm the fourth generation of the family, we've been around for a while," Anthony said.

That's 87 years of servicing the Clarence Valley with its steel structure and crane hiring needs.

Brothers Anthony and Martin Wicks bought the family business off of father Rowan and uncle Gary Wicks.

"Back in the day we did the steel bands on horse carriage wheels," he said.

"Then we got into truck bodies, then we got into structural steel works and cranes.

"When I was a kid I was always building Lego cranes.

"I always thought I would go into the business, it's something I'm passionate about."

His father Rowan Wicks said he had run the business since 1977 and had looked forward to passing it on to his boys.

"It's good to see your family has made a mark on the Clarence," Rowan said.

"In the main street in Maclean in the first roundabout there is a sugarcane derrick that was made by the family in the '30s."

Anthony said he would like to see his children and a fifth Wicks generation in the business "if that's what they want to follow."

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