INDUSTRY FOCUS: CONSTRUCTION
In 2018, leading Western Cape steel construction business, L.A. Staal, will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Starting life as a small contractor back in the 80s, the company has grown significantly and today has the ability to design, manufacture and construct steel structures for factories, warehouses, packing sheds, mezzanines, cellars, cold storage complexes, lean-to structures, aircraft hangars and cooling tunnels. Working primarily in the Western Cape for clients in the agriculture sector, L.A. Staal has a long list of satisfied customers who regularly return to the Worcester-based company for future work. Away from its core offering, the company also has experience outfitting shopping centres, schools, sports pavilions, community centres and other buildings where steel structures and components such
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as industrial roofing, side and gable cladding are needed. One of the core values that runs through the heart of L.A. Staal is a commitment to quality workmanship, creating complete customer satisfaction and resulting in lasting relationships. These values are instilled in the company by Founder and Managing Director, Charles Lambrechts. He explains more about the key to three decades of successful business. “If you have a dream, you must chase it; you must work hard for it, and you must be honest. “The past three years has been our best ever and I think the next two years will be strong. Of course, I am not certain of this but we are expecting to continue growing. “Our profit has been good because we keep productivity very
high, our turnover has been good, our client base is growing and so we are trying to grow with them so that we are able to deliver the goods that we promise, on time,” he says. As for celebrating 30 years, being a very hands-on member of the team, Lambrechts hasn’t organised anything just yet but certainly will in the coming months. “We haven’t had the time to make any serious plans yet. We will celebrate because not many businesses make it through 30 years.” BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE The current focus for Lambrechts and his team is the building of a new manufacturing facility which will allow the company to increase production and take on unique jobs for others in the local industry.
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