Maxstra Construction

It is standard knowledge, in both professional and lay circles, that for a company to be successful in the corporate world it should have a good capital base, possess technical expertise and boast a dynamic vision for the future. Recently our light shone on Maxstra Construction, a company that not only embodies these attributes but has what industrial pundits term a “recipe for success” – the whole package.

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Ferguson Corporation

With a particular vision for unique and functional design plans, commercial and corporate fit-out and refurbishment specialist Ferguson Corporation has become a “˜one-stop-shop’ for Western Australia. Graeme Ferguson, on completing his cabinet making apprenticeship, started the company in 1972. Initially a cabinet making shop, Mr Ferguson added stainless steel fabrication and refrigeration manufacturing to its service offering in the early 1990s, followed by a move into gas cooking equipment and then upholstery.

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Equiset Group

As one of Australia’s most recognised builders, it is only fitting that Equiset is housed in The Rialto, a magnificent structure built by the firm’s parent company. As the tallest reinforced concrete office building in the Southern Hemisphere, The Rialto is not only one of Melbourne’s most identifiable landmark office towers, but also stands as a living, breathing testament to the ingenuity, determination and family tradition of the Grollo family and its many successful decades in Australia’s construction industry.

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Colt International

This promises to be a much more interesting story than some people expect. Those people would be the ones who recall those old, noisy air conditioning systems featuring compressors that sit outside, attached to rooms by a long and (by today’s standards) horribly inefficient snake of tubing.

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Benchmark Projects Australasia

An increasing number of people today see project management as a unique discipline to be focussed on. Chris Carman, Managing Director of Benchmark Projects Australasia, has been promoting this view for over a decade. And as Chris was a recent National Project Director of the Year award winner, we listened to his views.

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Planbuild Homes

Buying a new home is not only exciting, it can also be stressful. The thrill of selecting a design can quickly turn to disappointment when homebuyers realise that a great deal of time and money still need to be invested in carpeting, tiling, fencing, kitchen cupboards, bedroom ceiling fans, and a great deal of other necessities not included in the original price from the builder. For homebuyers in Queensland, there is a sensible alternative: Planbuild Homes Pty Ltd.

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JM Kelly Project Builders

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.

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APEX Building Systems

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.

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Benmax

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.

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Carfax Commercial Constructions

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.

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Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

July 14, 2020, 12:32 PM AEST