PMB growth spurs steel firm to double capacity

2008-06-17 00:00

KZN-based supplier of specialised steel products Macdonald Steel has opened a larger facility in the Willowton area in a move that represents a sizable investment in its Pietermaritzburg operation.

The group has experienced unprecedented growth in Pietermaritzburg and the local operation now contributes 25% of group turnover, compared to only 10%, eight years ago.

The new 4 000 square-metre facility is unquestionably the dominant landmark located within the new R75 million Ohrtmann Business Park.

Macdonald Steel MD Cecil Reddy told The Witness that the new facility is double the capacity of the old facility and that there is ample room for expansion.

“As a group, we are very optimistic about Pietermaritzburg. Our investment includes the upgrade of equipment to ensure that client specifications are met timeously and with precision.”

He said the decision to double the capacity of the new facility comes after the sustained growth experienced in Pietermaritzburg following the appopintment of Mike Eglington as branch manager eight years ago.

The growth — estimated at 30-fold in only eight years — convinced Reddy to expand its Pietermaritzburg facility, having outgrown its 2 000 square-metre (rented) premises.

A representative of construction partners involved in the project, JT Ross, told The Witness that the Willowton area would benefit immensely from the creation of direct access to the “Gauteng side” of the N3 route.

The business park boasts about 10 800 square metres under cover and is situated on the corner of Ohrtmann Road and Manning Road, bordering Mountain Rise.

kavith@witness.co.za

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