Charles William Martin started business in Lower Tory Street, Wellington, on 5th November 1900.
The past 112 years have seen the company specialise in the plumbing, sheetmetal, electrical, temperature controlled laboratory equipment and home heating industries.
Today, C W Martin (1973) Ltd is managed by grandson Peter Martin and specialises in made to measure Child Guards for wood and gas fireplaces, Fire Grates and Accessories plus Wood Burner Fires and Replacement Parts. Complete Installation Service can be arranged with a NZHHA Certified Installer.
In January 2002, with the need to vacate the original building in Tory Street for earthquake strengthening to be carried out, it was decided to run the company from a home office and this web site. This has proved extremely popular, especially with Child Guard customers, as we now offer home visits within the Wellington region with a sample Child Guard for you to see. This enables us to explain safety clearances and give a free measure and quote.
This web site has also become our shop window and orders from other regions throughout New Zealand are often catered for.
We became known as `The Grate Place' because people were always saying 'that's great' when they got satisfaction at finding the Fire Grate or Spare Part that they were looking for.
C.W. Martin Ltd is a foundation member of the 'New Zealand Home Heating Association' - an organisation of manufacturers, retailers and installers working together to provide the best service, workmanship and advice to the customer. The association runs regular training and certification programmes for its members.