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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Junior Chef

Century City
Pro Placements Recruitment Agency
R8 000 - R9 000 Per Month

CSR Inbound

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
O'Brien Recruitment
R14 000 - R16 000 Per Month

Graphic Designer

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Creative Sourcing
R7 000 - R9 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.