Hunter Structural Steel restructure for the future
Hunter Structural Steel is a long standing, proven supplier with over 20 years of history and expertise. Earlier this year, the Directors of the group decided to invest and restructure the business to allow it to maximise both current and potential future opportunities.
Richard Clement, formerly the GM/MD or AustubeMills, one of the largest Steel pipe and tube Manufacturers in Australasia (previously Tubemakers) was bought into the business to lead this transformation and he identified the five key areas of focus or immediate opportunity he wanted to address being in safety, quality, cost competiveness, customer service and finally growth.
“With 31 years manufacturing management experience within the Steel industry at a pretty senior level, I saw this as a unique opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a downstream or end user market space.
“I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the standards and enthusiasm within the group when I arrived however, I did feel we needed to make a step change in a few areas and I decided to bring in some proven capability and talent to help with this transformation.”
“Ben and Adam Woolmer, formerly or Woolmer construction were targeted, these guys had run a successful business for 9 years and I approached them as I wanted them to come on board and take over all functions within the steel processing and fabrication shop areas.
"I wanted us to deliver a new level of professionalism to the market and these guys have been an instant success and helped us achieve a step change in our capability, quality and overall service standards,” Richard commented
Recent projects include the Eastside Apartments at Charlestown, Greenside Apartments at Soldiers Point and the two new service stations being installed at Thornton – Puma and 7 Eleven.
These projects have been supplied on time and on budget and provided us a unique opportunity to demonstrate our efficiencies and cost competitiveness on both large and small scale buildings with very different service requirements and time lines.
With a steady flow of work in the pipeline including major apartment blocks in Newcastle and Belmont and a number of commercial and industrial sheds already locked in, the company is looking to continue to grow and deliver value.
With both in house and on site or mobile capability, supported by the resources and facilities Hunter Structural Steel has invested recently, they can competitively satisfy and deliver steel or fabrication jobs from as small as a few hundred kilos up to major projects involving over 100 t or more of fabricated steel supply.
“Our simple challenge now is in continuing to remove riskwe want to be known as a low risk option for our clients or business partners- steel manufacture and supply is an area that the builder should not need to worry about- for mine it is a simple process- we win a job, supply to the highest standard and deliver material on time and on budget- no delays- no excuses,” Richard commented