Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in Rockhampton this year, Central Queensland building group J M Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd is one of the region’s leading privately owned construction companies. As a large, regionally based contracting company, J M Kelly directly employs its own trades and is parent company to ten individual and diversified businesses which operate as subcontractors within the construction industry. J M Kelly is able to undertake projects across Queensland and Northern NSW through its offices in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Gladstone and Mackay.
When APEX Building Systems Pty Ltd was created by founder John McKenzie in 1988, it began as a modest operation, with John taking on almost all aspects of construction, from designing the structures to welding the frame and erecting the finished product. Before forming APEX John – a welder by trade – worked for other building companies, erecting rural farm sheds and other buildings. Today, over two decades later, the privately-owned company still under the leadership of John McKenzie and Manager Luke Franks, has a permanent staff of 20 people and remains strategically located in the thriving North Western Region of Sydney.
To say that Benmax just kept on growing would in some ways be true, but that seems too random a way to describe the progress of this mechanical services provider. From its origins in 1985 as a family business involved in the new Parliament House building project in Canberra, Benmax has continued to expand the range of services it can perform by, wherever possible, obtaining the skills required to do the job from within the company rather than hiring in from outside.
Flexibility and a readiness to do some lateral thinking are the qualities that characterise Carfax Commercial Constructions. This Sydney-based company was established in 1998 By Paul Reimer, and mainly serves the Sydney metropolitan area and regional NSW.
When it comes to building restaurants and commercial structures, it takes a special kind of construction company to get the job done right. Not only do the building interiors and exteriors have to be designed and finished to exacting specifications, but deadlines are often extremely demanding. Time is money, and when worldwide chain restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC want restaurants completed by a specific date, they call on a building company they can trust every time: Clifford Constructions Pty Ltd.
On the threshold of its fiftieth anniversary, Comdain Infrastructure Pty Ltd can look back on a history of achievements that have led to it today being of Australia’s foremost experts in conception to completion delivery of construction and maintenance services. Comdain has successfully managed projects in urban and rural areas, and in culturally or historically significant and environmentally sensitive locations. Comdain Infrastructure is renowned for its ability to deliver world-class infrastructure, its wide-ranging construction and maintenance management expertise and its strength in providing end-to-end capabilities for its many customers.
D&M Plant Hire Pty Ltd has a slogan that says it all: “We’ll move the earth for you.” As a third generation family owned and operated earthmoving company based in Cleveland, D&M Plant Hire takes pride in delivering the best service possible to each and every customer – whether that be by working around the clock, seven days a week for a project, or by designing and manufacturing unique built-for-purpose equipment for an individual customer.
The message that Bob Sharpless, managing director of Springfield Land Corporation, wants to get across is simple and to the point: despite a rather flat real estate market around southeast Queensland, “there is a lot happening here. We have a lot of construction activity and the outlook is for a lot more.”
Since the GFC, Australian building companies have struggled to regain and maintain a foothold in the industry. While some companies have fallen to the wayside throughout this difficult stretch, others have used it as an opportunity to become more adept builders thus strengthening their companies. Such is the case for QLD construction company Tomkins Developments, a family orientated operation specialising in complex commercial projects. The company offers a full range of building services, from Project Management, Applications, Design and Construction, Refurbishment and Renovations through to Fitouts and Finishes, working across industrial, retail, commercial and residential sectors.
Against a background of a depressed market and drought, one company – or group of companies – in the southern half of Western Australia has developed a business model that is an “amazing success story.”