Shed builder in move to office
SHED builder Mecano has opened an office on the corner of Boundary and Walker Sts to get closer to the centre of the city.
Owner and director Geoff Yelaska said while the main business was based in Gympie, Mecano also had 500 sq m of storage space in Maddison Crt in Bundaberg.
"We had a few people coming down from Gladstone who were having a bit of trouble finding us," Mr Yelaska said.
Mr Yelaska said his business started in Bundaberg, and he went to the first Agro-Trend field day in 1989.
"We put out the first commercially viable bolt-up shed in Queensland," he said.
"Bundaberg is really the home of Mecano."
Mr Yelaska said he and brother Mel came up with the idea of a "bolt together" shed back in 1987, and named it Mecano.
"Back in the '50s and '60s just about every kid on the block had a box of bits and pieces of flat steel with tiny punched holes that could be either screwed or bolted together creating all sorts of things purely from one's imagination," he said.
Mecano gradually purchased its own roll-forming mills and opened an entirely new division in the mid '90s manufacturing a new range of sheds, carports, and kit homes particularly with the "owner builder" in mind.
Mr Yelaska said he was convinced Bundaberg was on the verge of unprecedented growth due to its proximity with other regions that were growing at breakneck speed.
"Products of all descriptions that are produced in the various businesses within the Bundaberg area will soon be in greater demand," he said.
Mr Yelaska said there was no reason why Bundaberg could not become a great manufacturing base.
The convenience of having the port on hand to ship goods in and out was also attractive.