The story of Rod Scott & Son Pty Ltd
The story of Rod Scott & Son Pty Ltd stretches back to the early 1900's. A young Scottish
immigrant set sail from the sunny shores of Glasgow in 1903 to better his family back home by
building some of Sydney's early infrastructure. This led to an opportunity to build the Royal
Newcastle Hospital. The rest of his family decided it was time to join Rod in Australia and
set up in Newcastle. His son also Rod once leaving school joined the workfore at Armstrong and
Royce Timber Merchants in Carrington and quickly began working his way up the ladder to then
become the General Manager.
In 1949, shortly after World War II, Rod Scott II started his own Timber Merchantant venture
and so the story is set. His son returned to Newcastle to attend University and play Rugby
with the Students.
It was his involvement and relationship with the local shipwrights that brought about a need to
start supplying wooden packaging for the fast growing export market specifically the need to
supply packaging for the middle east meat markets that he saw an opportunity to manufacture
pallets and boxes.
By the early 1970's the company had a small but hard working workforce that was making pallets
by hand. It was not until an invitation to attend the World Pallet Expo in Ottawa, Canada that
Rod Scott & Son Pty Ltd saw a need to become the first organisation in Australia to set up
an Automatic Pallet assembly line. A close relationship with Viking Engineering in Minnesota,
Minneapolis, USA was struck and the first pallet machine installed in Australia began operation
in 1989. It still runs to this day.
The business still operating out of ChinChen St, Islington since 1949 acquired the current
premises in 1994.
It was only then that the premises could be suitably redeveloped to house the necessary machinery
required to efficiently operate a business of this size. Other machinery from the USA, Europe and
Australia slowly started to fill the new site and began ramping up production.
At present, Rod Scott & Son Pty Ltd prides itself looking after the pallet and box management of
over 200 organisations stretching from Newcastle to the Central Coast, Hunter Valley and
North Coasts. Each customer is given our full attention to detail no matter how big or small the job is.
"The lowest price is not always the cheapest, the recollection of quality and service remains long after
the price has been forgotten" - Rod Scott II
Rod Scott II
Rod Scott III
Rod Scott IV