The Baton passes from Father to Son.

In 2016, Enzie Spiral Stairs not only had a slight name change the running of the 42 year old company seamlessly passed from Bryan Mackenzie (founder of the company) to his son William Mackenzie. While Bryan has maintained a presence in the company, he was always confident that William would be able to handle the running of the business and why wouldn’t he be.

William started working part- time in the business when he was three years old, when he was paid 2 cents per pin. Throughout his school years William worked in the factory, on weekends and school holidays wherever he was needed, learning all facets of the business from his father.

After going to University and studying psychology and working as a tour guide on the Trans-Sybrian railway. William returned to Australia in 2005 and began working full-time at Enzie stairs in the area of Business development, while continuing to learn all about all facets of the business.

So in 2016 when Bryan wanted to go in to semi-retirement it only made sense to hand the reins over to William. One of the first things that William invested in was a CNC machine, making the Pin Cell redundant.

“I think that ever since I was three years old. I have been determined to find an alternative to the work that was carried out in Pin Cell. With the purchase of the new CNC in 2016 I found that alternative,” laughs William. “Seriously though, investing in machinery and automation helps Enzie Stairs improve it manufacturing process and quality, and the purchasing of CNC machine was the first step.”

Moving forward in the next few years it is expected that Enzie will be investing in a number of new technologies, processes and machines. This is a very exciting time for Enzie, we can’t wait to see what is coming next.  Keep an eye out in this space.

The Hostile Seaside

 

The most attractive areas for building a dwelling can also be the most hostile environments for building materials. Australians love the coast, but the onshore breezes create corrosion problems that don’t exist even a few kilometers from the sea.

While once upon a time people expected their cars to rust, their homes to be repainted very five years and their guttering to be replaced every 10 years. Now attitudes and expectations have changed, there is a greater readiness to divest responsibility or litigate if products do not perform”.

It’s a case of “she’ll be right mate” changing to “she is not right mate and what are you going to do about it”.

Enzie stairs has long offered galvanised external spiral stairs for a wide range of uses, but something more is needed to cater for the building and renovation boom brought on by the demographic shift to the coast in the past decade.

Two metals that are known to resist salt spray are Aluminium and 316 Stainless Steel. Both the Classic Stair model and the Universal Stair model are now available in either of these materials. The few fixing bolts needed for these modular spiral stair systems are made of stainless steel. In addition, 22 standard colours are available, using a four or five-coat finish employing Wattyl, Jotun and Dulux primer and powder-coating products. The entire Dulux powder-coating range is available as an option.

Add to these options a Hot Dipped galvanised option in the Universal Model. Hot Dip Galvanising offer a very high level of performance without the price tag of Stainless Steel. This option can be powder-coated, but here at Enzie we feel that this is introducing an element that might require maintenance down the track.

Enzie Stairs, which gained national and international award recognition for innovation design, has joined the fight against coastal corrosion with the introduction of aluminium and marine grade 316 material to its safe, space-saving and easy to install modular spiral stairs.