Fast growth for Dunedin’s engineering construction dynamos
With complementary skills in engineering, carpentry, sheet metal fabrication and drafting, Nick Hall and Cory McEachen are delivering an impressive suite of services to the Otago market through their business, Allcor Fabrication.
Since launching in 2015, Allcor Fabrication has undergone strong growth in the region reﬂecting not just the suite of services on offer but also the company’s reputation for completing projects on time and to a high standard, while sticking to the available budget.
Nick’s background is in engineering, project management, fabrication and drafting, while Cory brings two trades to the business, namely fabrication and carpentry.
Cory heads the company’s building division of ﬁve, which recently completed a $1.5m architecturally designed home on a challenging hill site in Dunedin.
Allcor Fabrication’s workshop, headed by Nick, completed all the home’s structural steel and metal work features, including stainless steel rainheads, down pipes and architecturally designed steel staircase.
It is a great example of how this company can add value to a project, with in-house fabrication complementing the construction side of the business.
Building services provided by Cory’s highly experienced team include new builds, renovations, new bathrooms, new kitchens and decks.
Nick leads a team of ﬁve in the company’s workshop, with a sixth staff member due to join them shortly. Allcor Fabrication rapidly outgrew its ﬁrst small workshop space and recently moved to bigger premises in Lorne Street, South Dunedin.
It is wellequipped for a wide variety of custom projects from balustrades and ﬁre escapes to Corten letterboxes, panels and outdoor ﬁres, along with bespoke coffee tables with timber tops and stainless steel tops for barbecues.
One of the team’s more unusual jobs involved making an outdoor Teppanyaki bar for a house in Queenstown. Challenging projects such as spiral staircases have also been completed by the team.
Making customised stainless steel bench tops is a forte, with tops from the workshop servicing demand in Dunedin and Central Otago. Drafting is a speciality, with 3D and 2D software used for in-house projects and as a standalone service to clients.
Along with residential work, Allcor Fabrication is busy in the commercial market with clients including local restaurants, Otago Polytechnic and many building and project management firms around Dunedin.
As a sub-contractor, its team has completed structural steel and extension work for Dunedin Airport. “We’ve also completed earthquake strengthening projects.
If someone has an old building that requires seismic strengthening then we can strip the walls and then manufacture and install structural steel and re-line the walls. “We project manage the whole thing, bringing in plumbers, electricians, plasterers and painters, and take the job from start to finish.”
Health and safety is a priority for Allcor Fabrication, with staff regularly receiving training to ensure its procedures are fully compliant.
Allcor Fabrication regularly invests in new equipment so as to keep growing its capabilities.
Upcoming acquisitions include a press break for folding sheet metal.
The company is committed to supporting youth employment skills in Dunedin, with one apprentice employed in the workshop and a building apprenticeship due to get underway in 2019.
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