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Calder Stewart gears up to double its steel workload to cope with new post-quake construction and engineering guidelines

As one of New Zealand's leading building and construction companies, Calder Stewart's projects span the industrial, commercial and rural construction sectors.

From velodromes, recreation centres and helicopter hangars to Fonterra dry stores, Fairfax press buildings and Air New Zealand parts distribution centres, their buildings are large, imposing and built to last.

In the company's quest to find better and more efficient ways to build, Calder Stewart operates its own steel, precast, roofing, distribution, reinforcing and property divisions to compliment its core construction operations.

Its recently completed new steel fabrication factory in Milton is set to double the Steel Division's output when fully operational. At 207 metres in length, the impressive building is longer than two rugby fields and is home to a suite of state-of-the-art fabrication technologies.

Steel Division General Manager Sean Lloyd says the new equipment housed in the building will allow for greatly enhanced accuracy and throughput on their steel orders. " It will work seamlessly with our existing steel detailing software," says Sean, "completing the circuit from initial design drawings to finished product in a greatly streamlined process."

Sean says the timing of bringing the new steel factory on-line could not be more ideal. " Already there is growing demand for structural steel, particularly in light of the fact that new construction and engineering guidelines following the Christchurch earthquakes call for more of its use in a wide range of projects."

Easysteel Account Manager Rebecca Stewart says that Easysteel are proud to be associated with the new build of their Milton factory are are well placed to help them with their future increased demand.

" Easysteel has enjoyed a long supplier relationship with Calder Stewart Steel, as well as the wider Calder Stewart group of companies," she says, "and we're excited about the growth opportunities this new building brings."