Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fielders shuts Queensland

Fielders will shut Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Plants.

Just as the new CEO Mr Ted Pretty announced at the AGM today:
"In Fielders we will undertake the consolidation of plants and the closure of underperforming branches"
Staff in Queensland were notified today that the two operating plants there will be closed by early December 2012. Not good for those staff employed now that won't have work in the days before Xmas.


Queensland Fielders to close.

Restructure announcement to be released very shortly - will update here.

Announcenment - Restructures - Update
Building & Industrial division:
- In Orrcon we will make structural adjustments and undertake branch consolidations -
In Fielders we will undertake the consolidation of plants and the closure of underperforming branches.
Lifestyle & Sustainability division:
we will shift market focus and consolidate activities around premises Electronics & Communications division:
we will simplify the division structure and our supply chain; Transformation
we will make changes to procurement, facilities and support services

Restructure announcement released on ASX with no mention of Fielders branches to be shut apart from the "underperforming ones".

Update: More to come? See The Australian.


Regency Park full closure of over 100 in SA, nearly a 100 in Queensland and many more branches to come. Fielders will revert back to a SA only company with maybe WA also in the mix.
Also this:
"Our intent is that by 2015 over 75 per cent of our revenues will come from non-steel activities,"
 Said the new CEO Mr Pretty.

Good luck! Get rid of Fielders, Orrcon and Team Poly and Hills will be a shareholders dream. The write offs would be huge. How about Hills Holdings looking at its own executive team, the Mile end Fielders head office. Millions to be saved in these two areas alone.

And then Mr. Pretty stated this:
"On behalf of the company I wish to express my frustration that the Federal and State Governments did not recognise that businesses like Orrcon and Fielders needed to be accommodated by the (Federal) Government's Steel Transformation Plan not just Bluescope and Onesteel, or Arrium as it is now called," he said.
Blame everyone else apart from the board, as if you can rely on this government to back you like they did BlueScope. Mr. Pretty you need Mr. Paul Howes and the unions in your business for this to happen.

92 comments:

  1. The key thing is to get the redundancies right and not protect the under performing big wigs

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  2. pretty hard hitting stuff right there

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  3. Summit roofing wil b bak to normal pricing like the rest only leaving mfs namely steeline, metal lines namely metroll who r the next to go and bsm who r now trying to supply and install and who r approaching other contractors under a false name for quotes....very un ethical....bring on the demise i say... I will look forward to further destruction in coming months.... My bet is metal lines / metroll with shampshear pulling the pin in 12 months or less....soon to follow will b apex or q steel as they were known......

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    1. the success of summit roofing isn't in their pricing!!!

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    2. and it certainly isn't in their management.

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  4. The market place is going to get a huge shake up and there r very dark days ahead for metal roofing and steel industry generally

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  5. sounds like QLD is a barrel of laughs

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  6. Atleast we win the origin

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  7. and you've got izzy back in your code

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  8. Hahaha yeh that was a real good move for sum quick cash

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  9. So what do u do? And wher r u?

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  10. Would appreciate names being left out please.

    The Roofer

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  11. metroll is better

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  12. im involved in the steel industry in SA, a hills shareholder amongst others but not a employee as some assume on here

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  13. No worries boss......so what side of steel r u both from?

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  14. i work for metroll newcastle i have worked for tham for 10 years we have had our ups and downs

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  15. Metroll i definately not in a good way atleast in brisbane

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  16. A sad day for the those employees that will loose their jobs but ill bet you wont see the big guns in fielders fall on their own swords lot of loyal people gone not a good time for any one to loose there job

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  17. I couldnt agree more.....very sad and alarm bells should b ringing for the whole industry

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  18. Looks like these employees are going to have a bad Christmas.... Sad day for Australian manufacturing but I believe we will see more of this to come in the future.
    Good to see Pretty stick the boot into Gillard over the steel transformation package - again too little too late.

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  19. Fielders SA was a really good company 15 years ago but they have lost most of there key staff members and that is the main reason for there fall. I don't believe that Metroll is next as they have good staff and the best customer service in SA. It is getting harder in the steel industry and it will only get worse if we don't get rid of the Labour party, they are fu?!Ing up Australia.

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  20. you cant use metroll and customer service in the same sentence and be taken seriosuly

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    1. Agree - Fielders do lead the pack here but this is one of the causes of the situation that they now find themselves in. Apex and Metroll customer service sucks - Revolution are focused on this area but staff muck ups drag them down.

      By the way its Labor not labour - the former one ends with screaming kids not ignorant politicians...

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    2. lysaghts is the best in SA. easily.

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  21. Jenny Hill-Ling got voted back in again at the Hills AGM, I don't think many of the sacked Fielders employees would have voted for her

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  22. Is there any room left at Fielders Mile End for all the Regency Park machines?

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  23. i have worked at several roofing companies in Queensland, fielders was run by a bunch of idiots that had no idea on customer service all they cared about is the money (the more you spent with them the more they tried suck you off and the little guy got pushed aside) Queensland sheet metal have no respect for their customers of their staff just the money. the most recent one i have worked for is apex they are still a growing company that a trying their best to provide for their customers and they look after their staff and keep them updated on how the company is doing. the staff their do their best to cater for the customers needs and like in any industry mistakes a made but are usually corrected as quick as possible to keep the customer happy

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    1. Haha carl lol...ur very obvious

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  24. It's a cut throat business at the moment. If the industry bounces back Fielders will bounce back too.

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  25. How many Fielders workers lost their jobs in SA & Queensland today? I heard 70 in SA and 80 in Qld.

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    1. Trevor: Those numbers sound close - The Australian reported (up to 100) in SA - but couldn't have been that many left at Regency unless anothe rbranch is on the chopping block.

      All to finish (in QLD anyway) on December 1st.

      Not a good time for those with families coming up to Xmas.

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    2. Roofer - I'm pretty sure the last day in QLD for Fielders is the 21st of Dec

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  26. I didn't think it was that many in SA.

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    1. they haven't finished yet, fielders corporate have been told 'significant' cuts will be made to the corporate office but they are not ready to announce who yet

      Additionally no Mile End factory staff have been made redundant yet but word is there is expected to be cuts there too to accomodate the remaining staff they are bringing from regency

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  27. From My sources they have only started at regency park in SA and on monday they hit Mile End ..I also fear these cuts will affect customer service and i hear they will be dropping unprofitable product lines

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  28. I can't see how all the Fielders RP machines, trucks and customers can fit into Mile End and still offer good service.

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    1. Metroll, Apex and Stramit will win all of the Fielders SA purlin business, Hills have gifted them all a big break.

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    2. Stramit Adelaide are no longer rolling c_section here, they are now rolling it in Melbourne and shipping it to Adelaide, so the lead time wont be a 3week wait but 6week if you need purlin straight away........... What a joke.

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    3. I think you got the wrong end of the stick - the story I have been hearing about purlins this week is that Fielders are getting out of purlins and are to buy them in - from either Stramit, Stratco, Lysaght, Metroll or Apex all of which rely heavily on purlins.
      I think that the rumour of a mill closing down was directed at Fielders not Stramit - I have had it confirmed from a source that "Stramit are still rolling and will always roll purlins in SA".
      For Fielders to get out of purlins leads to bigger questions - are they gearing up for a buy out? What other mills at Regency are being shut down?

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    4. Anonymous #2, you've got no idea! Stramit are still rolling "C_Section" in Adelaide. Hell they even roll Zeds in adelaide too. only takes a phone call to get you're facts correct. Or are you just another peddler of "crap".

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    5. Wonder how the market will react to Fielders supplying purlins manufactured by their opposition?

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    6. banga, is that a rhetorical question?? ive already heard some of the big customers have contacted their rep SB to tell him if they buy from metroll they'll just go direct

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    7. Tinman, you're right, they have said they will go direct. I guess that will make for some interesting times ahead for SB! as well as for one ortwo of their customers, (deciding who to buy from.) some bridges may have been burnt.

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  29. No wonder Middleton exited before the sheets hit the fan !

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  30. I think you will find he was pushed

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  31. so very sad for those employees that will loose their jobs. I feel their resentment :(

    Johnson Roofing & Gutters

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  32. Maybe Peter Lavin will open up again

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    1. I think the ridiculous rent that Lavin charged Fielders on the Northgate and Coolum sites that he is the landlord of had a lot to do with making it difficult to be profitable in QLD

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    2. peter lavin was a good boss he look after his employees unlike fielders did and the rent was within the rental prices for those areas

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  33. Dont be suprised if those employees leave and and go to their opposition and hurt Fielders

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  34. Everybody left at Fielders will be out looking around for other opportunities.

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    1. I believe they will as they see a sinking ship and the employees that i know think the place will be sold

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    2. As a roof fixer for the last 9 years,Fielders used to be the most expensive supplier in town but have the best service. Now there reps are the quickest to drop prices in town and the factory workers have lost there jobs. The bosses should have worked it out a long time that you can't offer cheap prices and top service in a terrible market like this.

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    3. And those boses keep their jobs at the expense of those loyal workers who did
      what they had to do to keep the customers happy

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    4. well after next week i bet you see some of those bosses shown the door - the razor gang isn't just on the factory floor....

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    5. SW - Wonder who will get that task?

      Matt Lloyd or the new Fielders CEO Mr. Chris Stathy.

      What a lovely introduction to Fielders for Chris.

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    6. According to the fielders web site he starts on 1 dec and i hear current fielders employees who will be made redundant finish 30 th nov

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    7. At least Chris can blame Keith for the situation and start with a clean slate - but not a pleasant way to start with any company.
      With the closure of Regency Park - are they making room at Mile End for the machines or are they being sold off?
      I have too many questions but few answers out of the Hills camp..

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    8. The market is way down and there are likely to be a lot more redundancies across the whole industry, not just Fielders, (but they certainly have hit their workers & operations hard).

      PS- 50 comments must be a record for your blog Roofer !

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    9. Thanks - But not proud of the record KC - the only MSM to report the Fielders staff cut is on Adelaide TEn here:
      http://content4.video.news.com.au/NDM_CP_-_TEN/145/857/news-nov02newsbyte-021112_newsltd.jpg

      I think the others are also suffering and will announce cuts nearer AGM time. Bluescope next with Lysaght who have already been decimated.

      The FBU AGM with Stramit coming under the possible axe, is shortly after the BlueScope meeting.

      And then this government announces the new $12 million productivity centre???

      "A GROUP of leading chief executives has backed a government plan for a new centre to train managers and union leaders in how to improve productivity.
      Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said yesterday $12 million in budget funding had been earmarked for a centre for workplace leadership."

      Isn't this just great of Shorten to help our managers and the unions to increase producivity - a stupid move by a government that has no idea on what is occuring in the rollforming industry.

      And then Fielders Steel release a new roofing video???
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDQu6b85qBg

      Vote on it now?

      Marketing and the board have no idea of what's happening.

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  35. Time for competitors to swoop on those ex fielders staff take advantage of there experience and lessen the pain of being made redundant.

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  36. Problem Is for those staff the competition have no work for them

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  37. It's a sad day that anyone is made redundant and I know many of the unfortunate ones that have lost their jobs. Plenty of them would be welcome at opposition companies but we have a pretty shitty industry at present with the ranga & her state cohorts doing nothing to help manufacturing full stop, these companies won't have positions for these people.

    I understand the redundancies are still not complete yet. There are one or two that have been hit fair up the middle by the karma bus the same bus Tippett will be hit by in a couple of weeks.

    Just a shame that so many long serving good people have to cop it also.

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  38. some big names gone today with more to go i hear. someone will snap up king of purlins in F1, quality employee. hopefully some of the guys doing the shooting get shot at the end. good luck to everyone

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    1. Lots of years of loyal service & experience plus lots of sales thrown to the wind. Opposition in Qld & SA won't believe their luck ! Simply unbelievable.

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    2. If rollformers want to make more money and save the workers jobs they should import the cheap steel from Asia, it's good quality.

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    3. Tinman, I hope the "purlin king" is snapped up quickly. They have had the 2 best purlin blokes our industry has seen over the last 30 years.

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    4. More legends gone today and more expected tomorrow

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    5. who is this "purlin king" and how can you get in contact with him?

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    6. anon, hope roofer doesnt mind me using his name but shouldnt matter as he doesnt have a job and if we can help someone get employed then surely we are doing a good thing. it is dave mcclaren, i dont have his contact details though

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  39. If TC goes tomorrow then fielders as we know it is finished. you'll have the boys club running around who have no idea about rollforming

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  40. No one is safe from Mr Pretty

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  41. That is a shock as well it certainly looks like the razor gang has been savage ..I think youll find the service wont be a good as it used to be or quality

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  42. How does the razor gang celebrate the last couple of weeks efforts? By buying more shares in Hills - Pretty just bought another 100,000 today... guess that they still have disposable income - in stark contrast to the staff with 6 weeks of wages leading into the Christmas break....

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    1. razorgang is a one man band, ng

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  43. no management yet,if they dont get to the cause then the 100 or so will have gone in vein and fielders will die a slow death

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  44. It looks like Fielders is dying a slow death now

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  45. Where will the staff and the customers all end up? Metroll will be the big winner in both states, put your money on it.

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    1. KC i disagree Metroll, Stratco, Stramit, Lysaght, Revolution, and even Steeline will be the ones to benefit i cant see any reason why Metroll will gain more than the others. Capacities and customer service levels will dictate where customers end up.

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    2. i think KC might be onto something. If they pick up TC or f1 with metrolls pricing structure and super mill will blow up the market north, yorkes and southeast

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    3. Metroll has already got the SA purlins business and some of the key sacked workers. All the Fielders sheds customers are heading to Metroll.
      Same is happening in Queensland.

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    4. Lysaght have a "supermill" too their pricing is sharp;
      Stratco use imported purlin feed so pricing is sharp;
      Stramit just keep pumping them out
      All of the above have good customer service; reliable transport are the big players in purlins in SA.
      Metroll from accounts i have heard are hard to get along with; reluctant to move on price and can only supply smaller purlins unlike the others mentioned.
      So for the serious players in the market they cannot cover all bases.

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  46. theyll end up at lysaght... coming back !

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  47. With Hills focussed on electronics and satellites, Fielders really needs to belong to a group that cares about the building industry, a group that knows how to innovate and compete and complement the advantages that Fielders can give. With some steering, even in a tough market, Fielders can come out strong - it's not healthy that Hills refers to the likes of its building companies as 'legacy steel' companies - that clearly demonstrates that Hill doesn't have the heart to be in the building and steel game. Mr. Pretty comes from a higher tech background - on the face of it, he doesn't appear to care about the building industry.

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  48. Or loyal longtime workers

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  49. i heard all cummins boys are gone??

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  50. I heard only tc has

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  51. Metroll Brisbane is the comeback kid! Will be unrecognisable in 6 months. Watch this space.

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    1. Bahaha with the head being shampshear their is no chance....kanji group are specialists at budget business...ill eagerly watch the space to laugh at their pathetic and underfunded attempts to gain market share....problem with metroll is that they have alredy burned their customers....like locusts they eat the crop and leave nothing for later

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