BM Steel Fabrication has been operating in Forster since 2007 and is one of those businesses in the privileged position of being constantly busy.
Owner Ben Minard suggests this is due to his close and long term relationships with a lot of the areas top builders.
“This has allowed a trust to develop and that keeps the work flowing in,” he said.
The business offers a complete structural steel work service for the construction and building industry. From site measuring, detailing and producing workshop drawings to fabrication, surface coatings and installation.
BM Steel also carries out general welding/fabrication jobs and repairs on most common metals.
The four strong team is made up of three qualified tradesmen and an apprentice and Ben is fortunate to have staff who are enthusiastic and skilled in what they do.
Ben himself is a hardworking, honest local of nearly 40 years who only wants to produce quality work.
“I have a great understanding with steel design and I don't allow or take any shortcuts. Because of this I can always look at somebody in the eye,” he said.
Ben got his start in the trade in 1996 after he finished his HSC.
“I advertised in the Advocate that I was looking for work and was contacted by around four or five different companies but chose to work as an apprentice boilermaker.
“The first job I worked on was the curved awning surrounding the Westpac Bank in Forster's main street.”
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He’s seen many changes in his trade over the years and different trends within the building industry.
“Lately we have seen a run of fabrication for renovations and extensions as the vacant land runs out!”
Forster is a unique place to run a business and Ben is grateful for the opportunities his work presents.
“I feel quite lucky to have a job that I enjoy doing while living in such a great place,” he said.
“I enjoy being able to work on job sites that overlook our beautiful coastline which help shape the town. I'm proud to point out things to my kids that I've helped build.”
The business also sponsors a number of local sporting groups.
I have a great understanding with steel design and I don't allow or take any shortcutsBen Minard
BM Steel Fabrication is located at Condell Place, Forster. Phone 0408 62 164 or find them online at www.bmsteel.com.au or on Facebook.