About us

MT Crates is pronounced 'empty crates' as we reckon we've never sold a full one yet!

MT Crates has been a family run business since the mid 1950’s and, although our business has been through a few name changes over the past five decades, the service and the quality of our products still remains our priority.

Over the years, our range of products and services has expanded to include fully enclosed cases, crates, pallets/skids, spools/hubs, bed slats, timber, packaging, onsite service, delivery service and more. We always recommend the safest and most cost effective method of transport and we offer packaging solutions that include cardboard, plywood, pine or hardwood as required.

At MT Crates, we pride ourselves on prompt customer service and competitive pricing so please contact our friendly staff to discuss your timber packaging requirements.

HISTORY

In the early 1950’s, Frank Bosnyak Senior, originally from Hungary, was working at the Perth Metropolitan Markets (now Habour Town shopping precinct) where he noticed that the chickens were kept in inferior quality wooden crates. Frank bought wooden Kelvinator fridge boxes from Nicholson’s and recycled the wood into good quality fowl crates for Giles and Ryan who were one of the market suppliers at the Metropolitan Markets.   

In 1954, Frank started his own timber manufacturing business called Morley Park Box & Case Factory in Morley Park (now Morley). Frank continued to make his fowl crates while also making cool drink boxes for Mackay and Golden Mile Cordial. Morley Park Box & Case Factory also made fruit and vegetable boxes for Walker and Co in Fremantle who then shipped the boxes to Singapore for the Royal Navy. Over the years, Frank's good quality timber products included cases and crates for safe transport of batteries, parts and machinery as well as cases and crates for bananas, potatoes and tomatoes.

Frank Bosnyak Senior at work
Frank Bosnyak Senior at work
Cavalier Transport Road Train

In the early 1970’s, Morley Park Box & Case Factory started transporting banana shooks (flat packed boxes) to Carnarvon in WA’s north. Frank started Cavalier Transport and transported general freight, produce, banana shooks and dangerous goods to and from Perth and Carnarvon as well as other towns in regional WA such as Karratha, Port Hedland and Broome. By the late 1970’s, Frank's timber business slowed down due to economic conditions though his transport business continued to thrive. In 1987, Morley Park Box & Case Factory ceased trading and Frank sold Cavalier Transport and retired.

In keeping with family tradition, Frank’s son, Frank Bosnyak Junior, decided to start up his own timber business and in 1988 Morley Cavalier was created. Morley Cavalier set up business in Alloa Street in Maddington for five years and then in 1993 moved to Kitson Place in Maddington. Frank and Christine’s children were all brought up in the family timber business and worked in either the office and/or factory at various times over the years.

Frank and Christine Bosnyak ran Morley Cavalier (later to become Morley Cavalier Pty Ltd) until they sold it to Tony and Leonie Cecich in October, 2013. Tony and Leonie reverted back to the original name of Morley Cavalier for twelve months and then changed the business name to MT Crates. Tony and Leonie soon discovered that a larger premises was required and in October, 2014, they moved 200m around the corner to Carole Road in Maddington.