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key to success
staff and 'keeping it
simple' have been the
foundations for Macfab
growth as a major structural and
general engineering business and
a partner in some of the largest
infrastructure projects in Australia.
Michelle and Wayne 'Mud' Clarke
opened their first business in
1996, Mud's Inspection & Welding
Services, with just three staff. In
2002, they purchased the name
MacFab Engineering and changed
the structure and focus of the
business to producing customised
welded metal fabrications to most
specialist areas of industry.
Today Macfab Engineering has
grown to employ 25 tradespeople
and administrative staff.
Its reputation as a reliable supplier
of quality fabrications was forged
through one of its first large scale
projects as a contractor to the
Abigroup on the Hume Highway
"This project really gave us a kick
start and our business and reputation
has grown since," Mud said.
"We have worked on several
other Hume Highway Alliance
bypasses and major projects
such as the upgrade of the North
Melbourne railway station, the
Wodonga rail bypass and the
"We have proven that we have
the required engineering skills and
capacity to be competitive on a
national scale and we are looking
forward to further expansion."
To accommodate this growth,
Macfab Engineering is constructing a
2200 sq m workshop at its premises
in the Albury airport industrial estate.
The new building will house two
10 tonne cranes to complement its
existing 800 sq m facility which has
the one 5 tonne crane.
"It's hard to believe that the
business has come so far in 10
years," Michelle said.
"I was very nervous when we
started because we had just bought
a house but we haven't looked
back. We've certainly had more
good times than bad.
"I still get a bit nervous though,"
Michelle laughed, in reference
to obtaining finance for the new
Mud and Michelle attribute a large
part of their success to their staff.
"One of our priorities is to look
after our employees," Michelle said,
"because if you do the right thing
they will look after you."
It is a winning formula as
evidenced by the recognition
Macfab Engineering has received.
It was a finalist in the Sydney
Manufacturing Awards this year
and won the Best Small/Medium
Business in the 2010 Albury-
Wodonga Chamber Business
Awards. It also has been a finalist
in the Excellence in Manufacturing
section for the past three years.
l Macfab site foreman, Andrew Robertson, left, and welder
Danny Boy Leones assemble barrier rails for the RTA's Coonamit
bridge rehabilitation project.
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