Our Story

Early days

From humble beginnings in 1991, the McLean family began supplying line marking paint to schools and factories around the Wellington region. In the early days we could clearly see a need in the market for a reliable supplier of safety solutions

Today, McLean brothers, Craig, Gareth and Brendan are very much part of the business - managing the sales and marketing, product procurement and client service.

Leading the way

The Vanguard name was drawn from it’s meaning of; a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.

Based on the knowledge and trust built up in early years, Vanguard continued to grow through listening to our clients to truly understand the challenges they faced. This single-minded focus continues to this day.

Purpose built

In 2013 Vanguard had outgrown their premises and the opportunity to create a purpose built environment presented itself.

With state-of-the-art warehousing adjoined by attractive and functional office space, the new Lower Hutt site gave Vanguard scope to continue to grow and develop the business.

People first

Right from the start we have held tight to the belief that our people are the lifeblood of the business.

We have always employed people with a track record of strong client service - excellent listening and communication skills, industry experience, commitment, passion and reliability are the qualities we focus on when seeking new staff for the Vanguard team.

Culture of innovation

Our team are continually striving to find new and innovative products to keep our clients' businesses moving forwards.

We have built long-term strong relationships with world leading manufacturers to ensure Vanguard continues to provide industry leading solutions that give our clients the peace of mind their people will stay safe and productive.