Steelcorp Building Systems turns 20 years old this month!
In that time the team has completed more than 2500 projects – that’s using more than 4800 tonnes of steel and more than 5200 roller doors.
Ross Barker started the business in Melbourne in 1999 and moved it to the North East Victorian town of Wangaratta in 2004. He has built it up over the years. Steelcorp is now be widely recognised as the leading structure provider in the region.
All in the family
Ross is joined in the business by his four hard workings sons; Shane (estimation), Dale (operations manager), Aaron (sales consultant) and Lane (project assistant). Son-in-law Joshua Wiggins joined the team earlier this year and is working hard to spread the Steelcorp brand into NSW.
John Teiffel has worked in the business from the very start with his experience invaluable to Steelcorp’s success. His practical knowledge is critical to the organisation along with educating the new generation.
A changing industry
Ross reflects that there have been many changes in the shed industry over the past two decades.
“The building code of Australia (BCA) has made changes over the past 20 years including the need for heavier gauge steel and more bracing in structures,” he says.
The colour range has increased significantly – starting with just five colours and now having 22.
Since the business began there has also been a steady increase in the size of structures.
“In the past 2.4m-high buildings were very popular but now 2.7m-high seems to be the minimum height,” Ross says.
The standard double garage has also had a significant upgrade in this time.
What’s in style?
“20 years ago it would be 6m x 6m x 2.4m with zincalume cladding, one 5m wide tilt-a-door and a personal access door,” Ross says. “Today the average size garage would be 12m x 7.5m x 3m and most people choose a minimum of two roller doors, one personal access door, a window and aircell insulation to the roof.
“Different styles of shed are also being explored with options like skillion and steeper gable roof pitches becoming more popular and the barn a real success on rural properties.”
Building for the future
Steelcorp has recently expanded, opening an office at Emu Plains NSW along with a second fabrication facility near the head office in Wangaratta.
What hasn’t changed in the past 20 years is the Steelcorp team’s dedication to building quality sheds at competitive prices and providing exceptional customer service along the way.