The Tonkin family have been involved in the scrap metal and steel business in Far North Queensland for over 50 years. The Company, then trading as "Tonkin Metal Industries", was founded by Vic Tonkin in the 1950's. It was one of Cairns' biggest scrap metal recycling businesses.
Wayne Tonkin, Vic's son, began managing the Company in 1980. During this time, the business was renamed "Tonkin Steel" and the company changed its focus to selling new steel, which was sourced locally or if required, it was imported.
In 1998, a Tonkin Steel branch was opened in Atherton. Operations were expanded further with a 2nd branch opening in Townsville in March 2004.
Wayne and Vic are committed to the success of Tonkin Steel. This means keeping up with the latest steel products and technological innovations in the steel industry.