BUILDING THE FUTURE: NEW ARMIDALE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS OPEN

BUILDING THE FUTURE: NEW ARMIDALE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS OPEN

Photo caption: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, opened the region’s newest manufacturing business, FRAME Truss Australia, earlier this week, owners Nicholas Burke, left, Gordon Burke and Thomas Burke.

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

A NEW business seeking to help address the housing shortage in the region has opened its doors in Armidale, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall formally cutting the ribbon on FRAME Truss Australia earlier this week.

Mr Marshall said the new family-run business would provide the New England region with TRUECORE Australian steel house frames, dramatically cutting down waste and construction times.

“Whenever we see a new business open its doors, particularly in manufacturing, it’s always cause for celebration, but this one will bring huge benefits to the whole region,” Mr Marshall said.

“Owner Gordon Burke was determined to set up the business to help address the housing shortage in our region by providing local manufactured Australian steel house frames.

“Their frames are designed not to shrink, twist or warp over time, nor contribute to the spread of fire or attract termites.

“We know the biggest restriction to getting new homes on the market in opur region is not land, nor council approvals, but the lengthy construction delays due to a finite skilled workforce.

“These frames can be manufactured and stood up on site in almost half the time a conventional wooden frame takes, helping ensure people can get their dream homes that much faster.”

Mr Marshall said Gordon developed the business alongside his two sons Nicholas and Thomas.

“It was a real pleasure to meet the father and son trio this week and hear about their exciting new endeavour,” he said.

“In addition to being family-run, their business focuses on products that are sustainable as well as true-blue Aussie.

“What an outstanding new business in our region which will positively impact our local economy.”

Owner Gordon Burke said his family was excited Frame Truss Australia had finally opened.

“We are a family-owned business using 100 per cent Australian Steel and 100 per cent renewable energy,” Mr Burke said.

“We are providing jobs for the intellectually disabled through APM employment in Armidale – bringing a whole new labour pool in to helping solve the housing crisis.

“We are also focussed on minimising our carbon footprint and becoming a key player in the circular economy recycling all our minimal waste as our waste is less than 1% of the material used.”

Mr Burke said the frames and trusses they used were stronger, lighter and more accurate than traditional timber trusses, shortening the construction time and reducing the cost and risk for builders and home owners.

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