In 1989 Maureen and Terry decided to start their small business. At the time Ireland was emerging from 10 years of immigration and recession and deciding to start a new business with two small children to be looked after might have seemed like madness. But then, so did the idea of building water boilers and coffee machines but that didn’t stop Terry and his father from starting what has now become the very successful Marco Boilers.
Like many small businesses what began in the garage of their home in Dun Laoghaire is now housed in our new purpose built factory in Tallaght. The two children have become four and are not so little anymore. The eldest, Ronan works in the business. The youngest guy,Kevin has just graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a distinction in his Engineering Masters degree. Maureen does a fantastic job looking after our administration and financial control and yours truly acts as CEO.
Originally they began by offering repair and maintenance services to the commercial catering industry but my true passion lay in precision engineering. Soon they began to move in that direction and found that their passion was satisfied by becoming specialists in the fabrication of stainless steel sheet products.
Soon they diversified into the espresso coffee machine business and were for many years main agents for Gaggia espresso machines leading the market in the newly discovered passion for good coffee until they sold that part of the business in 2007. During that time they became lovers of coffee.
The synergy of coffee and engineering was a natural progression for them during their time as agents for Gaggia and they discovered a niche market for our range of coffee knockout drawers. This has become so important to them that they have established it as a stand-alone division within Watermark which represents fully half of our total business.
They continue to invest in new products and innovative ideas as the coffee market continues to expand at a phenomenal rate.
Managing Director/ Co-Founder
Sales and Marketing Manager
Co-founder of Marco Water Boilers.
Watermark Engineering Founded.
Moved into Blackrock Factory.
First Knockbox designed for the Globe Bar.
Secured the agency for Gaggia coffee machines.
Coffee Machine business moved to new premises.
Engineering Business moved to new premises.
Coffee machine business sold.
Groundskeeper model introduced.
Worst Recession in living memory.
Keeping the head down.
New models of drawers introduced.