THEY might be used to building patios, but now Patioworld Rockhampton is building the region's employment.

The company yesterday welcomed the new roll-forming machine, which will allow the business to manufacture all of their own beams and roof sheets on site.

Office manager Taylee Neale said the company owner, John Benck, was convinced the move was the right direction for Patioworld.

The business closed its Rockhampton doors in 2009 after 10 years in operation and returned in October this year.

Patioworld office manager Taylee Neale with the businesses new sheet metal forming machine that will allow them to bend metal to specific customer requirements on site. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Patioworld office manager Taylee Neale with the businesses new sheet metal forming machine that will allow them to bend metal to specific customer requirements on site. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Taylee said there would be advantages to both staff and customers after the machine's installation.

"It will be so much cheaper for the customers," she said.

"We will be able to discount more; there will be more jobs for the local economy.

"We will get more people building; we'll need more factory staff, more office staff one day."

Taylee said the staff were thrilled to see the new addition.

"We won't have to wait for our stock, if we have a job we can build it the next week," she said.

"Whereas at the moment, we have to wait for it to get here from Cairns."



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