2021 hasn’t quite gone as expected for 23-year-old Jace Lander (pictured above) — but he’s certainly not complaining!
Just weeks after the much publicised collapse of his former employer, SA Structural, Jace and his father Dave decided to take their future into their own hands, founding Allcore Engineering in a shed in One Tree Hill.
Starting with one boilermaker, their strong networks and work ethic meant that they very quickly found themselves needing to hire more staff and move into a larger premises.
As Jace explains, the team was already reaching a new phase of growth:
“We’ve already grown to include two boilermakers, two welders, a school-based apprentice, a graduate engineer, a contracted CFO, and a general manager.”
“And we’re not done on the hiring front just yet. We’re also on the lookout for more boilermakers to accommodate growth.”
Allcore Engineering’s move to its new facility in Edinburgh North certainly can’t be underestimated as a growth driver either. The 1600sqm facility adjacent to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority — NAWMA (soon to be expanded with the creation of 65 jobs during construction) has allowed Allcore Engineering to take on larger jobs, as well as benefit from a direct working relationship with their neighbours:
“Being next to NAWMA has really helped drive our growth. We’re also now working on a project for SRWRA (NAWMA’s southern Adelaide equivalent), we’re working with RDT Engineering (a specialist engineering firm working with councils to build and maintain recycling centres), and we’re looking to take on some work in Victoria.”
Jace certainly isn’t looking to slow down Allcore Engineering's expansion any time soon either, explaining that upskilling his current team and hiring more staff is a priority:
“At the moment, we have members of our team upskilling to Certificate IV in Engineering, Diploma of Project Management, and to become a Welding Supervisor. Everyone is doing further training. I find that it not only helps our business, but it also makes sure that every member of our team feels like they are growing in their roles and are set up for future success.”
“Over the next five years, I could easily see us expanding to have around 10-15 boilermakers in a team of around 20-25 staff, including taking advantage of government incentives to hire more apprentices.”
Being a growth minded business also means that when Jace heard that the Stretton Centre was offering free Business SA Memberships (normally valued at $795) to companies looking to grow, he jumped at the opportunity.
Taking advantage of the Playford Business Growth Program means that Jace will have access to workplace advisors to talk him through HR, award obligations and WHS issues, be able to call the Business Advice Hotline whenever he has a question, and have the opportunity to attend the renowned Business Accelerator Program onsite at the Stretton Centre in Munno Para.
We wish Jace and the team all the best for the future!