Rob 'steels' for success
TWENTY years ago, Rob Laney was walking around admiring his newly-purchased block at Law Rd, imagining what the future held for him in the steel frame industry.
This month, his business Laney's Steel Fabrications has celebrated two successful decades of quality service to his customers in Warwick and the Granite Belt - and his 20th birthday has gotten off to a busy start.
"We've been flat-strap," Mr Laney said.
"By 9.30am (yesterday) I had already sold a shed and I've had customers ringing and coming in constantly. It's great."
The owner said he had greatly enjoyed his experience in the industry.
"In my younger days I worked for Warwick Steel Frames and New Steel in Toowoomba," he said.
"Then I got the opportunity to start making frames for Russell Locke, a local builder, part-time."
In January 1992, Mr Laney made the decision to start his own business and began renting his current block on Law Rd.
Two years later, he purchased that land and he has since made and assembled about 120 sheds each year.
"It was completely different back then," he said.
"This road had no houses on it - it was just a dirt road. I helped build the shed that we are still operating out of, and have added out and extended it numerous times over the years."
Since opening his doors, Mr Laney has built garages, sheds, patios and even house frames for people in Warwick, down to Stanthorpe and west to Goondiwindi.
He has gone from self-employed, to taking on two full-time staff who put together the steel frames, as well as a pair of contractors who assemble the sheds on site.
Mr Laney said he was the last of the shed fabricators that weld them together before the shed is taken to it's new home.
"They're all custom-made," he said.
"This way, it's a lot quicker on site for the people erecting it. They're out in the sun, so we try and make it as easy as possible for the boys."
Mr Laney said his clients were diverse.
"It's mainly people coming from the Gold Coast and Brisbane and wanting to settle into a country town," he said.
"They seem to like Warwick and Stanthorpe; they're quieter towns."
While the staff at Laney's Steel Fabrications didn't have an official party to celebrate it's 20 years, Mr Laney did splash out on a treat. Last month, he took seven of them went down to Sydney to watch the V8 motor car race.
Asked what the next 20 years held for the business owner, Mr Laney said it was to keep delivering quality service.
Mr Laney thanked his loyal clients and staff for helping make the last 20 years so enjoyable.
Laney's Steel Fabrications
Celebrated 20 years in business this month.
All custom-made sheds welded on site.
Owner Rob Laney, originally saw himself becoming a carpenter after leaving school.
Services clients in Warwick and Granite Belt.
Small garages/ sheds the biggest demand.