Rose Valley Steel Works is a locally owned business that has continued to expand and develop under the direction and guidance of Managing Director Phil Macfarlane. Rose Valley Steel Works continues to strive to position themselves as our region’s best custom metal fabrication and steel supply business.
How long has this company been operating?
The company was started 15 years ago by another local, Peter Wilkinson, who on the property “Rose Valley” decided to go out and buy himself a cut off saw and welder, and open a business. Like everything good, it grew just a little big for a small shed operation and required new premises to be able to continue to grow. Peter moved into Webb Place, Armidale approx.13 years ago, at which point he found a young keen employee named Phil Macfarlane. Phil was eager to get into business for himself and saw this business as a great opportunity to “drought proof” himself from the life he knew, growing up a farmer’s son.
How has the company changed and grown in the past 15 years?
When Phil began with the company, it was with a total of two employees including Phil, and the main item on the production line in those days was the farm gate. The company now has 12 employees including Phil, bigger premises, and it incorporates another business – ShedBoss Armidale – which is a fantastic subsidiary to the structural side of the business.
We have an item list that includes many types of agricultural products; it is very rare these days to make a gate (even though we all still enjoy making them) but we do still make gates – good ones too. We now have a team that has a wealth of experience in many styles of metalwork and also structural steel design, fabrication and erection.
Describe some of your most unusual work?
In the past five years we have had to install structural steel and viewing platforms on to the side of the gorge in the National Parks, full Stainless Steel kitchens, the entire structural steel components for houses, we have built commercial premises, residential garages, farm sheds, carports, patios. Being a custom metal shop, we are very fortunate in that we have a very broad variety of work brought to us for repair or even to provide a solution from concept to creation if required. As far as unusual goes, we really do have a long list, but how about some extremes as an example: in that same period we were involved with the latest cutting edge technology in an electric car and in the same year we had to research and replicate the front bumper of a early 1900’s vintage car.
Tell us about your services?
As mentioned, we are a custom metal fabrication company – that means that anything you can imagine or draw, we can make out of metal. If you have something broken that’s made from metal, any metal, we can generally repair it. If you have an idea, we have a team of experience and some real out of the box thinkers who would love to help you turn it into a reality.
We have a range of agricultural products, stock feeders, panels, gates and stay systems.
Full sheet metal shop service, including the fabrication of Alloy, Stainless and Mild Steel products. Fabrication of ute trays, ladder racks, canopies, and tool boxes.
Steel processing, including band saw, shear and punch, drilling and bending/rolling pipe and RHS. oxy cutting.
We have a computer aided design programme that we use to do most of our workshop drawings.
Usually if a job comes through the door, there will be at least one person that has done that job in the past.
We are also the New England’s franchisee for ShedBoss. ShedBoss is a very well known and respected name in the pre fabricated building market, or in other words, the shed business. We are very proud of the fact that we were chosen to represent this company. We have found the product to be a great fit for Rose Valley Steel Works and exactly what we were looking for when it came to standing behind a brand we could trust.
Tell us about your team …
Todd runs the ShedBoss side of things and has been with us since 2008.
Jason O’Connell is our steel salesman at the front counter with his friendly greetings and handy tips.
Jason Sillitoe is our structural steel and Jobbing Manager also helps at the sales counter.
Dan Sim operates the sheet metal shop and is very good at his job – probably the best in town.
Bill Chapman specialises in the structural steel side of the business and can turn his hand to any job.
Mike Halloran specialises in ute trays and has a real eye for finishing a job off.
Paul Mayled does all fabrication and specialises in trailers.
Peter Stumer does all types of fabrication, with years of valuable experience.
Simon Leyton is our 4th year apprentice and has only a couple of weeks ‘til he has completed his trade. Congratulations, Simon.
Andrew Graham is our shed erector and came on board as a result of being a shed customer.
Bec Edwards is our cleaner.
All of our staff put together are an extremely valuable team that make the business function – and they are a great bunch to work with too.
You are having a special event soon; tell us more …
Our special event is going to be a first birthday in our new premises at 284 Mann St (the old Metalcorp Shed) on the 26th and 27th June. We will have specials on steel on the days and a BBQ.
Plenty of giveaways!
You will have to come down for a look to find out what the specials are.
Plans for the future …
Our plans for the future are to improve on what we have going already, and we will be on the lookout for any new opportunities in the future. Business as usual.