Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rollformer hit by hard times.

Rollformers think they're doing it tough?

Then spare a few minutes to consider what this rollformer is going through.

Bundaberg floods this year have affected so many people, homes and businesses. Yet the only assistance available so far to this rollformer is from the Queensland State Government for a grant of $25,000. Pictures tell a thousand words - but does not show the heart ache and work needed to get this business back on its feet. Here's a photo of Bundaberg during the height of flood.
Bundaberg Flood 2013
In this area is the Steeline Roofin Spot - a successful local rollformer with approximately 50 staff and over 15 rollforming machines various plant, equipment, stock, office gear, files, records and transport.
Now look at the years of hard work covered in water:
Steeline Roofin Spot - Bundaberg
The office, files, computers, phones, records - flooded.
Crane Truck in the yard.
Entrance to the workshop and machines inside.
There is one more photo - and that is the team called the MUD ARMY of Steeline. These workers, helpers and friends have been trying to salvage what they can, so as to enable the business to start producing again. There are 50 workers that have families and homes to look after.

A great effort from the Steeline Mud Army guys and gals.
The Bundy Steeline MUD ARMY. Terrific effort.
Now comes the hard bit. The grant of the $25,000 (if Bundaberg Steeline Roofin Spot can obtain it) will disappear rapidly, probably with the electricians bill to fix all the electrics on the rollformers alone. This is going to be a struggle for this rollformer over the next few months and this is what would be good if possible:
  • Some of the major coil suppliers donate coil stock.
  • The fastener companies donate screws etc
  • ASI offer some financial assistance
  • Other rollformers donate some cash (no matter how small) to the Roofin Spot.
  • Any of "The Roofer" readers donate money if possible.
They can contact Steeline Roofin Spot in Bundaberg on salesbb@steeline.com.au

Just remembered - BlueScope got $100 million dollars from the federal government - how much will they give to Bundy after this crisis?

Also any reports of other rollformers trying to take advantage of this company's struggle to open, by coming in and supplying roofing product etc without contacting this business first will be named here.
Profiteering off others misfortunes are not looked on well by this hard hit area of Queensland.

Best of luck to all up there in Bundaberg - and especially the STEELINE MUD ARMY.

7 comments:

  1. C'mon fair go Roofer - surely they have insurance? Calling on suppliers to donate materials and asking others to donate cash - if they don't have insurance they need to learn a lesson. Don't get me wrong but you have to cut the umbilical cord and let people stand on their own two feet from time to time.
    Its a free market and naming and shaming roll formers who service market demand (and by doing their job) is a breach of the trade practices act. Just sayin
    Its a good effort from the Steeline Mud Army and I am sure that these valiant troops haven't asked for special treatment and will bounce back soon.

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    1. your wrong alright and don't live in bundy

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  2. ANON:
    *Surely they have insurance? - Yes very likely - but have you seen the fine print on flooding in QLD? To be advised.
    *Calling on suppliers to donate materials and asking others to donate cash? - I only said if possible not called on.
    *If they don't have insurance they need to learn a lesson. - A very uncalled for comment.
    *You have to cut the umbilical cord and let people stand on their own two feet. Ditto from above.
    *Its a free market and naming and shaming roll formers who service market demand (and by doing their job) is a breach of the trade practices act. Just sayin - So sue me - but I think local communities such as Bundaberg have long memories - I will just help that memory.
    *Its a good effort from the Steeline Mud Army. - one complient isn't too bad from you.
    *I am sure that these valiant troops haven't asked for special treatment - They haven't - I have.

    I just hope that no other rollformer in Australia has to go through this - including you ANON. And if you did - the same article would appear for you here.

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  3. Best of luck everyone, to the mud army well done

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  4. Good luck to the crew at Steeline Roofin Group and congrats to the Steeline Mud Army for fronting up and putting in a big effort to help their employer/s in trying to get the machines running again- (updates on their progress would most appreciated The Roofer)
    As for this comment "C'mon fair go Roofer - surely they have insurance? Calling on suppliers to donate materials and asking others to donate cash - if they don't have insurance they need to learn a lesson." . . .a very sad reflection of how some do think in our country (I do acknowledgr Anon 1 congrats to Steeline's valiant army of workers). So hats off to The Roofer for posting his request to help out this roll former because any help provided to this business and it's owners is also a bigger help to the 50 mud army workers & their families. Plus can Bundaberg afford to lose another business to this natural disaster ?

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    1. Thanks Anon - Insurance is like a box of chocolates...And when we receive it is another thing. How many customers do we lose in the meantime? We do not have the luxury of postponing shareholder dividends to get back to square one and we go to sleep every night distressed about our staffs future. Currently we have 5 rollformers on-line. Rest should be operational by the end of week. The photo of the Mud Army consisted of Snr Managers and Acc. Managers who worked alongside their operations peers. A lot of staff could not make it due to family issues which they were granted personal leave for. My sincere thanks to The Roofer for his support and my staff for their commitment, dedication and perseverence during these trying days.
      Kind regards Kim & Pat Ryan

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    2. Best of luck from the Bundy Bears.

      http://www-static.sportingpulse.com/pics/00/00/06/83/68394_1_S.jpg

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