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“We are building a new manufacturing facility on our existing premises,” he explains. “Our existing workshop is outdated and we are installing a new factory so that we can up our production by a third. We will also install an engineering centre which we will utilise ourselves and also market to other companies in our industry. “We are busy with the third phase of the building, it was supposed to be finished last month but that didn’t happen. We’re in the process of moving over and it should be complete soon.” Of course, projects for clients continue and while the company works on its own manufacturing facility, it must remain focussed on achieving goals for its clients. This is a particularly busy time of year for L.A. Staal and Lambrechts details

projects that are under way or being discussed that will carry the company through 2017. “We’re currently working on projects for agricultural companies in the Western Cape, mainly those in the fruit industry,” he says. “This is the time of year when the big projects start. Our business is seasonal as we work mainly for farmers. When they slowdown, our pipeline slows down. They require pack sheds or cold storage rooms to be put together in just two or three months and so our production for the entire year is probably just five or six months. We have made sure we are able to produce as we know we would lose market share if we can’t. For the rest of the year we are working on smaller projects, such as schools for the local government. “We’re also busy talking with

the government of Senegal about potentially putting up freezer rooms for the fishing industry. There are always opportunities for people that want to work and that fills us with confidence. “We find that it’s better to work close to home but if we need to go elsewhere then we will go, we don’t mind. We have worked in the Eastern Cape, also in the fruit industry, and we have worked in Angola and other places across the border. We would always consider appropriate opportunities, wherever they might come up,” he adds. L.A. Staal’s construction teams are flexible and nimble, ready to quickly move around the country to suit the needs of clients. Together with a fleet of transportation vehicles and a 25 ton lift crane,

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