Eric believes the FRAMECAD Mobile Factory was the perfect solution for getting a factory up and running quickly in such an isolated area. “Being out in the middle of nowhere, the FRAMECAD Mobile Factory suited us just fine because it came with everything we needed and there was no guesswork. We just wanted be able to turn the key and make frames and that’s exactly what happened.
“We had a lot of on-the-ground help from FRAMECAD people, and once the machine was operational and I’d made a few frames, any question marks about the machine’s performance were quickly dispelled. I’m really happy with the machine, absolutely, 100 per cent.
“There have been some small teething problems, but every time I pick up the phone to FRAMECAD, they are always ready to help out and have always got the answers for any problems we might have.”
Fitzroy Frames was initially established to assist with a state government programme to build housing for the indigenous Australians in the vast Kimberley region. As well as providing framing for indigenous homes in the region, Fitzroy Frames is also actively involved in providing indigenous people with skill training and employment opportunities.
Explains Eric: “We make a point of using indigenous labour wherever we can and it’s working out well. We’ve taken on quite a few, teaching them, encouraging them. The assembling, screwing, stacking and loading of the end product onto the truck, ready to go, can all be done easily by low skilled or even unskilled labour.”
Before FRAMECAD Mobile Factory, steel frames had to be trucked in from Perth more than 2500 km away. “Now we don’t have to rely on sub-contractors; there are no delays, we don’t have to put up with excuses. It means we have much greater control.” Eric believes his “factory in the middle of nowhere” has a huge future in the region due to its flexibility and agility, and he is already planning to expand.
Geared to attract local residents, Sagebrush is a 90-unit building nestled in the foothills of East Gros Ventre Butte and overlooking Flat Creek. Perfectly situated near downtown Jackson, Sagebrush aims to be one of the most popular complexes in the area — and a project Douglass Colony was proud to work on.
When FrameTech Systems outgrew their existing manufacturing facility, they knew it was time for a bigger, more flexible space. As experts in cold formed steel (CFS) construction, they also knew exactly which method they would use to bring that space to life. So how did their award-winning CFS facility come to fruition?
Having made the switch to FRAMECAD’s automated construction system in April 2016, prefabricated steel framing experts SBS Group have used their FRAMECAD system to make significant savings for their customers whilst delivering an accelerated construction process.
SBS Group are continuously working to deliver exceptional results for their customers in a fast and effective manner. The Langdon Apartments are another great example of their dedication to providing accurate, high quality Cold Formed Steel solutions.