Steel company scoops supreme award

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Westpac Northland Business Excellence Supreme Award 2015, Donovan Group NZ Ltd: From left, Rod Parkinson (sponsor), Kyle Donovan, Kerry McCollum, Takeo Fukuoka, Graham Donovan, Hamish Reid and Brett Donovan

Westpac Northland Business Excellence Supreme Award 2015, Donovan Group NZ Ltd: From left, Rod Parkinson (sponsor), Kyle Donovan, Kerry McCollum, Takeo Fukuoka, Graham Donovan, Hamish Reid and Brett Donovan

A ground-breaking steel product has seen a Northland steel business take out top honours at an awards ceremony held last month. Donovan Group NZ Ltd was the overall winner of this year’s Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards. The company scored a hat-trick, also receiving awards for innovation and excellence as a large business.

The Whangarei-based steel manufacturing and construction company, who own the Coresteel Buildings NZ franchise network, won the Supreme 2015 Westpac Northland Business of the Year, the Eroad Excellence in Business (Large Business) Award and the Northland Inc Innovation Award.

The awards ceremony was held in Whangarei on Friday 23 October, and celebrated entrants from 43 Northland businesses.

The judges were impressed with the company’s strong leadership, foresight, and commitment to take itself and the industry to the next level.

“I believe our success has been determined by the unique mix of our team, our passion for well-engineered building products, innovative home-grown IT systems and great marketing,” says Brett Donovan, director, Donovan Group NZ Ltd.

“The entrepreneurial and innovative v ision starts at the top of the business and is encouraged throughout the organisation, both within Donovan Group and our subsidiary company Coresteel Buildings.”

The Northland Inc Innovation Award was presented to Donovan Group for their innovative new type of steel beam which can offer clear spans of over 70 meters. The product marketed as VERTEBEAM™, is a nested, tapered box shaped beam that is tapered through its length, resulting in less steel being used and therefore increasing cost-effectiveness.

As a result of the sleek design of the beam, it is also bird and vermin resistant, which has become a major draw card for developers and business owners.

Already more than $100 million in commercial and industrial buildings have been constructed in the New Zealand market using the VERTEBEAM technology.

The VERTEBEAM product is a joint development project between Donovan Group Ltd NZ and New Zealand Steel, with shared ownership of the intellectual property.

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