METAL WORK: Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications owner Glen Adams demonstrates one of his machines to at Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson during his visit yesterday.
METAL WORK: Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications owner Glen Adams demonstrates one of his machines to at Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson during his visit yesterday. Leighton Smith

Big projects driving demand for metal from Rocky business

BUSINESS success doesn't just happen, Greg Adams says you've got to be out there constantly building relationships.

Since the improvement to the local economy after the mining downturn, the owner of Parkhurst manufacturing business Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications has worked hard targeting big companies looking for tenders and it's starting to pay off.

Mr Adams said his business' motto was "if it's made of metal, we make it".

"We fabricate steel, stainless steel and aluminium for kitchens, hand rails, bars, flashings, especially in the commercial side of things around pubs, clubs and hotels, and we manufacture general steel work," he said.

"Our work is not at the start (of the job), it's more towards the end so we do work with a lot of local companies here.

"We work with cabinet makers, fabricators, we fold up panels for them."

 

BUY LOCAL:  Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson visited Rockhamapton busines Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications to promote  Labor's local procurement policy.
Parkhurst business Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications Leighton Smith

Mr Adams said investment two years ago into the expansion of their heavy fabrication workshop to diversify into structural steel, had since opened up a new realm of work opportunities.

"There's couple of school buildings we've been doing, the new Caltex Service Station on Yaamba Rd last year, and we've done some fairly big jobs for the hospital carpark," he said.

"We're hoping to get in on the road work, we're quoting on some stuff now, (for) bridge work with the galvanised side rails and reinforcings."

Due to complete in 2021, the company plans to secure more jobs at the $241 million upgrade to the Capricorn Correctional Facility.

"I just had the architect here about 10 minutes ago," he said.

"It's all about building relationships with different people.

"It's whether they want you involved in their project, that's the key to it."

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BUY LOCAL:  Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson visited Rockhamapton busines Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications to promote  Labor's local procurement policy.
METAL WORK: Recently qualified apprentice Megan Benson (left), Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson and business owner Glen Adams discuss Labor's procurement policy. Leighton Smith

He also hopes to find work on the upcoming $1billion Rockhampton ring road, $121million Bruce Highway duplication for the northern access and the $1billion Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area upgrade.

While they have a "lot on their plate" at the moment trying to fill the void left by the demise of the JM Kelly group, the future plan for Adnought was to take on more staff and expand the business.

Mr Adams credits his staff of 37 employees, including seven apprentices, as major contributors towards the success of his business.

BUY LOCAL:  Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson visited Rockhamapton busines Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications to promote  Labor's local procurement policy.
BUY LOCAL: Apprentice Kirby Gleeson (left), Labor's Candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson, recently qualified apprentice Megan Benson and business owner Glen Adams at Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications to promote Labor's local procurement policy. Leighton Smith

"We've got good staff, I think staff is probably one of the biggest selling points," he said.

"You're only as good as the staff around you."