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Hornby Plant - currently under construction

Hornby Plant – currently under construction


John Jones Steel is a well-established company known throughout New Zealand for its proven ability to successfully undertake structural steel fabrication projects of any magnitude. It’s modern and well-equipped Christchurch workshop extends to more than 5,300 m2 in a series of adjoining high-stud buildings, providing covered facilities for every stage of the fabrication and finishing process, an in-house drawing office handles all workshop drawings and quantity surveying functions, contributing to a very high level of overall efficiency. An additional 4,100 m2 similar workshop in Timaru allows for a large amount of fabrication capacity in a short time.

The retention of large stocks of typical structural steel profiles and sizes in the workshop minimises delays and again results in great efficiency of operation. Continual reinvestment in the best workshop, delivery and on-site plant keeps John Jones Steel at the forefront of current practice in the structural steel industry. A staff of 110 + is almost evenly divided between the workshop and the site locations, providing the flexibility and backup required to work co-operatively and effectively with other contractors on-site. Access Equipment and working platform trucks with a 24 metre reach ensure compliance with all existing legislative requirements regarding industrial safety and contribute to an impeccable work safety record. With FIFTY years of experience in the structural steel industry in New Zealand, John Jones Steel has built an enviable reputation for commitment to its clients and to the industry, for competitive pricing, quality of workmanship and unflagging reliability.

The company is affiliated to the HERA, Heavy Haulage Association and SCNZ with Managing Director Frank Van Schaijik being a founding member. These many factors combine to ensure John Jones Steel Ltd.’s successful involvement in the majority of structural steel projects undertaken in Canterbury and in larger projects throughout the South Island. Whatever your project, big or small, it can be entrusted to John Jones Steel with total confidence. Historically John Jones Steel was established in a small Sydenham workshop in 1964 by John & Riet Van Schaijik. The company soon prospered and in 1972 erected a 2500 m2 building on its present Falsgrave Street site. Large steel sections were hard to obtain in New Zealand at that time and this led the directors to begin indenting their own steel shipments through merchants and carrying significant stocks of the typical sizes needed in their work. This proved a very efficient way to operate and has become a distinguishing feature of the company; ensuring delays are eliminated wherever possible. Stocks held today average 1000 tons at any given time. Additions in 1979, 1994, 1996 and 2009 have taken the building to its present size of 5300 m2 and make it possible to carry out every stage of the fabrication and finishing processes, for all work, under one roof.

Currently under construction is the total relocation of the Christchurch Facility to a new 39,000 m2 site where we have already erected the new store, plant & equipment workshop, blasting & painting building of 3,000m2 and commenced the outside steel storage area under a Gantry Crane of 1,300 m2. Foundation for the process area of 1,200m2 is being formed and the new fabrication/assembly/welding areas of 6,850m2 is commencing soon.