McConnell Properties commenced operations in 1970 as B & G McConnell Welding Works from rented premises in Byron Street, Bulimba.
Specialising in fabricated aluminium and stainless steel products mainly for the marine industry, business growth required a move to larger premises in 1980.
It was from these premises that an expansion into other industries took place and the company became a major manufacturer of components for the transport industry as well as the marine industry. This included truck components, security products, sign and signpost equipment, and sheetmetal products. B&G McConnell Welding Works was a major supplier to Mack Trucks Australia Pty Ltd when over 900 specialised vehicles were built from 1982 for the Australian Army.
Further expansion saw a move to new purchased premises at Wakerley in July 1990. These premises have since been extended and modified in line with business plans to maintain flexibility for customers.
Today, Red Phoenix Pty Ltd is a member of the McConnell Properties Group and performs the manufacturing functions that started as B & G McConnell Welding Works. Red Phoenix is the manufacturer of the Maclock range of products.