Weeks Building Group and SUPALOC® framing
If you’re looking for someone with experience in framing made from TRUECORE® steel, Kevin Weeks, Managing Director of Weeks Building Group would be a good person to talk to. Weeks Building Group not only builds houses exclusively using framing made from TRUECORE® steel, but they do so using their own unique framing system, SUPALOC® - a system that is designed and manufactured in house. It’s an inspiring story, as each step of the way, Weeks Building Group decided to convert to steel and bring the development and manufacture of their frames in house in order to achieve the quality solution they were after. And the hard work has been worth it, as since the transition to offering SUPALOC® framing made from TRUECORE® steel, the impact on the business has been positive. Kevin talked us through the story:
“Within 18-months of developing the initial steel framing system, Weeks Building Group moved from offering both timber and steel framed homes, to offering steel only. And as homeowners’ appetite for steel frames grew in those early stages, Weeks’ grew too; increasing from 80 homes a year, to over 160 in the first year of offering steel frames."
And the increase in demand for SUPALOC® steel frames has continued to grow, as demonstrated by SUPALOC®’s expansion throughout Australia and the world. Weeks Building Group now has domestic plants in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and a new operation opening up in Victoria. Overseas, SUPALOC® and Weeks Group are also active in the UAE and the USA – the latter expansion coming after receiving an invitation from the State of Connecticut to set up operations there.
But it’s not just homeowner demand for the benefits of SUPALOC® frames made from TRUECORE® steel that underpins Weeks’ success. Another key driver has been Weeks’ commitment to making things more efficient for their trades. As Mr Weeks put it:
“The ambition was to make it the most efficient system for the tradesperson - because tradespeople are number one. Without them you don’t have a business. SUPALOC® steel frames use a patented system to connect truss to truss; the whole thing clips together. And the value in that is tremendous because the frame is completely straight and true, and, of course, it’s faster for the subcontractor.”
Weeks has also been successful in branding their framing system. Initially, the steel framing arm of the business traded under the company name Steel Building Systems, before changing to SUPALOC® - named for the system by which the trusses clip together. The SUPALOC® brand has gained recognition in the market, says Mr Weeks:
“People recognise the product when they see it…and the blue frame hasn’t hurt either.”