The Sunshine Coast Daily's Business & Development Journalist Nicky Moffat interviewed SIMON's Operations Manager Paul McDonald to find out the reason behind the latest $1.5m upgrade to it's 5000m2 Frame & Truss plant at Coolum Beach. Read the article below.

Paul McDonald Operations Manager Simon Pty Ltd

Paul McDonald at Simon Home in Coolum.

COMMIT to customer service and staff wellbeing through sensible automation of your business.

That's the message from Paul McDonald, Simon Home's Coolum Beach-based operations manager. His company took innovation to a new level recently with the purchase of a $1.5 million processing system.

The new multi-component system consists of a linear saw which pivots in any direction and allows timber to be cut at any angle, an automatic conveyor system and an auto-set jigging system.

A final product design is loaded electronically from the office, cut by the linear saw, and the automatic conveyor system sends it to the next stage of processing.

It might not sound like rocket science, but the new system has significantly reduced the need for manual handling in the factory as well as delivering components accurately and on time to the assembly area, Mr McDonald said.

He said the ultimate goal was to have every step of frame and truss manufacture "sensibly automated" so that factory workers operated machines, not hammers and saws. Thanks to the recent upgrade, the Coolum Beach site is well on its way.

"The steps taken by the directors and board to commit to and install what we have here today was quite forward-thinking," Mr McDonald said.

"Our plant in Coolum Beach will be the most up-to-date and efficient truss production system in south-east Queensland, if not Australia."

The Simon family has been in the industry operating sawmilling businesses as early as 1928.

In 1950 Simon Pty Ltd was formed and now manufactures frames and trusses, as well as supplying timber and hardware through its three outlets in Coolum Beach, Toowoomba and Ipswich.

Simon Home supplies timber and hardware as well as engineered building components to a diverse range of customers, from major project building companies to small family builders and handymen.

The business is among those to be celebrated at an upcoming state-wide forestry and wood products conference, Doing Timber Business in Queensland, being held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on June 8-9.

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