DJ's cements strong future
FROM humble beginnings working out of a garden shed, a family run steel and concrete manufacturer in Monto will unveil its new 8000sq m site this weekend.
Darryl Zieth started DJ's Steel and Concrete 30 years ago with only a few steel racks and one other staff member.
"We now employ 29 locals," his son, Damien, said.
"My father is still in the business but I'm now managing director."
Damien said with the expansion, the business had hoped to increase its workforce to 35 staff within the next 18 months.
During the past 30 years, DJ's Steel and Concrete has tapped into a number of markets including construction, fabrication, mining, agriculture and steel sales.
"The reason we've been doing so well is our focus on quality," Damien said.
But it hasn't been complete smooth sailing in the business's quest to get to the top, after it took a tumble when the global financial crisis struck in late 2008.
"One of our major clients went into voluntary administration which consequently meant we took a hit as well," he said.
Damien said the organisation took a chance by opening a new premises in Eidsvold around that time, which mainly focused on steel sales.
"It's still running today," he said.
He said the move to expand the firm would bring the business to the next level.
"It gives us the opportunity to bring our business to be world class - the country guy matching it with the big boys," he said.
The opening will be held tomorrow at the new site on 16 Mill Rd, from 9am-noon.
There will be tours of the facility as well as a barbecue and a chance to win a holiday.