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Big shed rises

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

Nejaim Steel directors Craig Brice (left) and Scott Campbell with Phil Williams Roofing’s Bruce Standley, Jon Clowes, Adam Palmer and Ethan Williams at the big shed in Crystal Street. PICTURE: Myles Burt Nejaim Steel directors Craig Brice (left) and Scott Campbell with Phil Williams Roofing’s Bruce Standley, Jon Clowes, Adam Palmer and Ethan Williams at the big shed in Crystal Street. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Nejaim Steel is on the hunt for more people to join the team as their massive new shed inches towards completion.

The new work shed in Crystal Street was a fairly simple build for Nejaim Steel, with all his employees thoroughly enjoying the job, said the company’s director, Scott Campbell.

“My apprentices and all our tradies did all the steel work, we’ve fitted it all with glass and paint,” Mr Campbell said.

“We’ve done the whole lot. It’s been a good job.”

Mr Campbell said the construction process has been a good experience for his apprentices who had the opportunity to raise their credentials and put their new knowledge to work.

“They’ve got those qualifications for life now,” he said, “so it’s really worked well and they’ve definitely learnt a lot.

“They’ve got a lot of ownership of it, they feel proud of it, so that’s important to me as well.”

However, the recent dust storms and strong winds did slow progress, he said. 

“It was just too dangerous when you’re up so high and the sheets are so long.

“Sometimes they’d start at 6am and knock off by 7am because it’s just too windy.

“The cladding should’ve been finished a few weeks ago but it all comes down to safety.

“It’s really slowed us down.”

Mr Campbell hopes to have the shed finished by March 14 which will be a special date for the business because that was the day Mr Campbell bought Nejaim Steel 30 years ago.

“So that’s our opening day,” he said, “but we don’t want too many delays otherwise we’ll be behind.”

Nejaim Steel also is now offering new positions for boilermakers, an apprentice boilermaker, an industrial spray painter and a storeman for retail sales. 

Mr Campbell said his giant work shed had attracted much interest and favourable comment in the city.

He said he held a firm belief in the future of the city that had kept him in business over the years.

“It’s a wonderful place, it’ll always be home and we’re really having a crack,” he said.

“Hopefully it all works out in the end.”

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