“Five months into the global crisis, people said to me that if we could survive then, we could survive in any market. If you set yourself up properly someone will give you a start. Someone gave us that start and we have gone great guns from there.”
Already, ASH’s hardwood sawmill is the largest of its kind in Australia, processing approximately 155,000cubic metres of Victorian Ash and Australian Oak sawlog every year.
The company, based in the Latrobe Valley some 90 minutes’ drive from Victoria’s capital Melbourne, started life in 1991 as a joint venture between Roche Mining, Thiess and Linfox with contracts to provide heavy mobile plant services to each of the three major electricity generators in the Latrobe Valley. RTL was incorporated in 2011 and is now known as RTL Mining and Earthworks Pty Ltd.
Much like the tremendous growth seen in Australia’s construction sector over the past decade, GPM has expanded its project range since it was created. Initially taking on residential constructions and renovations, the company has diversified its offerings to include commercial projects along with marine construction, civil works, and plant hire.
The company was established in 2004 by John Monteleone and Mal Stasinowsky as BMC Welding and Construction. John and Mal, recognising the importance of offering diverse services in achieving their goal of providing a complete turnkey solution, soon expanded upon that original direction of the company, adding a high voltage department. BMC has now diversified and grown from the two-man team to an employer of four hundred and fifty people in both casual and fulltime positions.
AREA Construction originally started out constructing town houses and similar builds. About fifteen years ago, that type of work grew into a division which focused purely on commercial projects: factories, warehouses, retail, car yards and other buildings related to the commercial industry.
Pedestal sinks, in-counter sinks, wall hung sinks, basic bathtubs, whirlpool tubs, stand up showers, shower bath combinations, and toilets – just looking at the range of items to choose from in a bathroom could get some in a tizzy, but that is why there are experienced companies out there that can make it all come together.
The company’s two directors are Charles Gallacher and Matthew Turner, who tells Construction in Focus more about how this enterprising outfit has prospered since its debut in and around the bustling metropolis of Perth.
Trent Durrington is Construction Manager for the company, which is owned by the two directors, Tim Douglas and Jason Doerr. Australasian Homes has been in business for around two years; previously the two directors had separate companies that merged to form the new entity.