The FREEMAN FAMILY has been part of the scale industry for four (4) generations and has over this time gained valuable skills and experience in the manufacture, repair and servicing of a wide range of mechanical and electronic weighing systems. Our forth (4) generations Great Great Grandfather “Leonard Edwin Albert Freeman” was a sheet metal worker in the 1940’s in South Africa and he was asked to make scale scoops for the the then revolutionary counter balance vegetable scales which then lead to him starting to manufacture other scales part and components for other mechanical scales and platforms of the era.
In 1956 Rodney Freeman started his scale apprenticeship at H.W. WEDDERBURN in Johannesburg and once he qualified started TREK SCALE COMPANY with the founder Brian Mutch. After a number of years working as a scale fitter and foreman at TREK SCALE he decided to venture out and start his own scale company on the corner of Commissioner and End Street, Johannesburg called WEIGHDENE SCALE COMPANY
In 1970 due to the growth of WEIGHDENE SCALES he moved premises to Rietfontein Road in Primrose. In 1978 Rodney sold WEIGHDENE SCALE COMPANY and became a scale contractor for ASH BROTHERS firstly installing over 50 SCHENK weighbridges in just under three years and then looking after all SCHENK scales and weighbridge systems in the Southern African region until 1982 when he moved down to Port Shepstone to retire at the seaside.
Fortunately life had another plan for the FREEMAN FAMILY and PANARAMA SCALES was started in mid-1984 by himself and the current director of UNIVERSAL WEIGHT INTERNATIONAL, Wayne Freeman.