About Us

 

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Daryl O'Shaughnessy

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Served over 18 years in the RAAF initially as a Radio Technician (Air) and completing a Diploma Electronic Engineering.  Went on to become a RAAF Pilot gaining an Aviation Degree and spending time as a Check Captain, OIC (Officer-in-charge) Pilots and Flight Engineers Standards, Examiner, Simulator Instructor and Deputy Flight Commander.  

In between Operational postings spent 2 years as a Director/Lecturer at the RAAF College gaining a DipEd and DipBusMan.

For the last 26 years have been employed as an Airline Captain flying initially Boeing 747 Aircraft and currently the Airbus A330 and A350.  

In Feb 2005 purchased Plasteel and have been Managing Director since.   We have been successful in pursuing both Defence and Commercial work expanding the business and reputation in the Precision Engineering Industry. 

Also spent time on the Board of Directors of the DTC where Plasteel remains a committed member.

Daryl enjoys fishing, boating, wine, socialising and the Adelaide Crows.

 GENERAL MANAGER - Chris DeGroot

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Chris has an extensive Engineering background as a General Manager, HR Management, Project Management and tradesman and has owned his own Engineering Business in the past.  Having come up through the ranks from Welder to Senior Management and with multitude of Diploma qualifications in all of these areas, he is well suited to his role and brings a wealth of engineering knowledge and background to Plasteel.

Chris has considerable experience in Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, Mining, Oil, Gas and Power industries to name a few.  He has a multitude of substantial achievements in a large variety of industries and is a fantastic asset.

Initially trade qualified, throughout his 40years of industry experience he has progressed and studied hard to climb the Corporate ladder.  His plethora of capability, strong work ethic and business acumen is definitely a bonus for us at Plasteel!!

Duties at Plasteel SA include overseeing the total operation and assist with major Defence and Commercial projects, from the tender process through to project delivery.  

Chris enjoys motor sports, a healthy lifestyle and is a long- time supporter of the Adelaide Crows.

 

 QUALITY MANAGER - Andre Aleksandrowicz

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Andre commenced with us 2017 in the role of Quality Manager.  He comes to us with an immense amount of experience in a variety of industries and has proven to be the right choice.

His passion is Quality and this is evident on a daily basis.  He has been instrumental in updating our Quality System to ISO9001:2015 which has reduced our workload and increased daily efficiencies.

Andre enjoys the outdoor life on his Olive farm in between coming to work!!

 

 

PROJECT MANAGER - Peter DeMaria

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Peter joins us having had an extensive career in the Mechanical Engineering industry and risen from a competent tradesman to where he is today. His wealth of experience, expertise and pleasant nature has earned him a great deal of respect from all areas on the industry.

There is no doubting his enthusiasm and dedication and when combined with his overabundance of capability, he is a most valued member of our team here at Plasteel.

Peter not only works in the manufacturing industry but he also spends a lot of time out of hours working on his own side business making all manner of things from metal. 

 

 

 

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR - Sharon Davis

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One of the newest members of our team (but has now been here for several years!!), Sharon was employed to take on the role of Office Administrator.  She has taken the job and run with it from the start.  Her wealth of experience and excellent capability is second to none.  She has clearly shown she can handle any manner of things from HR issues to the daily grind of accounting with the greatest of ease.

Sharon's position includes managing all financial administrative duties, assisting with human resource services as well as assisting with the maintenance of Plasteel's Quality Management System. 

 

   

DESIGN DRAFTSMAN - Jason Rahaley

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Jason joined Plasteel in 2016 as our Design Draftsman.  With a background working in Plastics and Metal fabrication, he is responsible for creating and maintaining a range of technical documents and drawings, as well as CNC programming for laser cutting and turret punch machines.  

Jason brings a strong technical mindset and has tertiary qualifications in Industrial Design as well as Business Management.  In addition to this, he has become an invaluable member and has the greatest of respect from everyone he comes in to contact with.  His very personable, easy going style endears him to all.

In his spare time he enjoys drumming, motorcycle riding and plays lacrosse for the Glenelg Seahawks.

 
   

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - Ian Johnston

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Ian has been with Plasteel since 2010.  He has considerable Sales experience covering manufacturing products and services and associated Industries.  

Ian's role includes the development of new accounts, and a strategy to maintain and foster existing customers by offering a clear understanding of the company's capability.  

Ian enjoys supporting the Adelaide 36ers and the Adelaide Crows.