Australia’s oldest, family-run reinforcing steel business celebrates 50 years in business

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Neumann Steel, the oldest, family-run reinforcing steel business in the country, is celebrating half a century in business this year.

Established in 1970, the Queensland-based company has flourished over the decades due to its ability to provide the market with products and services that exceed customer expectations.

The company is run by second-generation directors – Marc and Paul Neumann along with Mark Shearman – as part of the wider Neumann Group, which manufactures and supplies certified concrete reinforcing steel products and an extensive range of related accessories.

“We’ve always innovated, delivering steel solutions to support projects big and small,” said Director Marc Neumann.

“In the 1980s we were the first in the country to innovate with rib wire and rib mesh, transitioning it to the domestic market. We’ve always been responsive, serving our customers’ needs, no matter the size of the job.”

The company, which was originally named Nucast and was renamed to Neumann Steel in 1989, has had a hand in many prolific projects including the Q1 tower, Jewel Resort, the Gold Coast Light Rail, the Toowoomba Range Crossing and more.

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Mr Neumann said the company is also proud to be the supplier of choice for residential home builders throughout south east Queensland and the Hunter Region.

“Over five decades we’ve supplied reinforcing steel solutions to a wide variety of major infrastructure projects and large-scale developments, always with a view to delivering the best product possible for the desired customer outcome,” he added.

Neumann Steel and the wider Neumann Group have cemented their reputation as stayers in the volatile reinforcing steel sector, having successfully navigated the tumultuous ‘boom and bust’ of the building industry.

General Manager, Kathy Bartley, attributes the company’s success to its ability ‘to listen to the market and produce products that have constructed a steadfast reputation over the years’.

“Over my 11-year career with Neumann Steel, our offering has evolved with new product releases and expansion into new innovative markets all while maintaining our core product lines,” Ms Bartley added.

She rose through the ranks starting out early on as an accountant, demonstrating the opportunity for growth within the company as another defining feature of its longevity.

“Retaining key people, moving them up through the business and providing pathways for growth, this is what makes up the fabric of who we are today.”

Marc Neumann said Neumann Steel has grown its reputation through reliability, product innovation, quality and its people, adding that this will continue to be how the future decades unfold for the south east Queensland manufacturing institution.

“At our core, we simply enjoy what we do, bringing reinforcing steel solutions to the domestic and commercial markets. Through supplying quality products we foresee future growth and development throughout south east Queensland.”

“We’ve come a long way since I was a 16-year-old working my first job in our steel yards. Today we are the largest, Queensland owned reinforcing steel manufacturer carrying on the Neumann legacy; and are very grateful for the support from the community and our valued workforce.”

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