the company has the hardware to support its knowledge and experience. STRONG PEOPLE Considering L.A. Steel stands with its customers the whole way through a construction project, from initial design development through to final handover, the people that represent the company and work with clients on a daily basis have to live up to the sterling reputation that has been developed over the years. While Lambrechts does admit that keeping hold of the best people can be a challenge he says that L.A. Staal creates an enjoyable working environment and focusses heavily on inhouse training and upskilling. “During downtime, we focus on training in a big way,” says Lambrechts. “I started the business in 1988 as a very small operation, with only five employees. Through the years we grew and now employ 170 people. I worked for a similar company previously but realised I wanted to work for myself. I’m happy I took the decision but it was very difficult in the beginning. “One of the biggest challenges I faced was keeping good workers. I put a lot of money into training people and it’s important not to lose that. I try to pay my people a very good salary and create a working place that is enjoyable – that’s almost all you can do.” Outside of his own business, Lambrechts believes in supporting people as much as possible. He ensures L.A. Steel sources its steel from SA companies where possible and support like this is much needed in an industry facing tremendous challenge right now. The steel industry is of strategic importance to the country and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told government counterparts recently that the
industry contributes as much as R600 billion to the country’s GDP, with many other sectors relying on steel to maintain their own operations. “We buy our steel locally and I firmly believe in supporting local industries,” says Lambrechts, knowing any further difficulty coming from the steel industry could impact on an already challenging construction landscape. Importantly, growth is still a key word at L.A. Staal, not just internally but for clients too. “We grow with our clients. I’ve been in business for almost thirty years and I’ve had clients who I’ve worked for 28 years. I still work with them every year on new projects and as they grow, we grow,” enthuses Lambrechts. And after 30 years at the helm, navigating economic, political and
societal change, is Lambrechts jaded from the pressure of driving a company from nothing to become a business full of experts you can rely on? “My sons are involved in the business and I am currently training them but that is a long process. I am still very involved with the business and I thoroughly enjoy my work,” he concludes.
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