IT started 33 years ago when a mate challenged Maurice Menhennet to make the best cricket pitch roller around.
In 1980 Mentay Steel Fab Constructions received an Australian design award for the Mentay Hydra Glide walk-behind cricket pitch roller.
Now the Wendouree company has been awarded Product of the Year by a renowned power machine magazine for the Mentay 1200 Custom ride-on cricket pitch roller.
Mr Menhennet said he was incredibly proud of his company’s achievements.
“I told that fella 30-something years ago I could make the best cricket pitch roller he’d ever seen,” Mr Menhennet said.
“There’s an election on at the moment and everyone is mesmerised by it.
“Once that’s over, more rollers will go out the door.
“It’s a good product, everything works, if you know what I mean.”
At almost $30,000 a piece and an impeccable reputation, Mentay’s ride-on rollers are sought after.
Mentay’s products have been shipped internationally and have also been used on the MCG, SCG, Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Adelaide Oval and WACA in Perth.