Homegrown Hero: The Hovey Group

Case Study: The Hovey Group

Location: Australind

Australind is home to the largest supplier of concrete pipe and precast products in regional WA.

The Hovey Group which provides clients a complete solution with a civil engineering and excavation service coupled with the supply and lay of premixed concrete and concrete products.

The Hovey Group incorporates Australind Premix, JAK Civil, and MJB Industries, and was established in 1988 by best friends and brother-in-laws John Hovey and Syd Wright under the banner of S&J Excavations.

From humble beginnings, they started the business with only one Kato excavator and a Mack R600 Prime mover.

After the tragic death of Syd, John and his family established Australind Premix, supplying both premixed concrete and concrete products to Bunbury and the South West.

2005 saw the establishment of MJB Industries to supply and deliver precast concrete pipe and products. MJB Industries prides itself on quality and service and has become a supplier of choice for many civil contractors throughout Western Australia.

JAK Civil was established in 2011 as a ‘one stop enterprise’ for civil construction and maintenance in Western Australia.

The family-owned companies continue to grow rapidly through their ability to service the industrial, commercial and domestic industries.

End to End solutions

The Hovey Group’s success is the creation of an end-to-end supply chain, allowing them to control all aspects of design, production, and installation.

When many businesses struggled with supply problems during COVID-19, The Hovey Group went from strength to strength, delivering reliability and cost efficiencies to projects.

We recognise that our continued growth and success depends on building close and long-term relationships, and providing quality solutions.

John Hovey, Co-owner, The Hovey Group

Quality and Service Drives Sales

The Hovey Group is a responsive and versatile group of family-owned business with a well-honed reputation for delivering quality works within agreed time-frames and budgets. They go above and beyond to provide clients with the whole package of work, tailored precisely to their requirements.

Committed to adding value to every contract undertaken, The Hovey Group doesn’t focus on sales but on reputation.

People are Everything

People are everything to the success of The Hovey Group, employing more than 100 staff at MJB Industries, plus further staff within their other companies. Many have worked with The Hovey Group for over a decade.

Long before it became industry standard, The Hovey Group also established an Aboriginal employment program. Several Noongar staff have successfully progressed through the business to supervisor positions.

It’s All About the Community and Keeping it Local

Focused on giving back, The Hovey Group is renowned for the support and generosity it provides to local community organisations. Wherever possible, they are dedicated to sourcing local product and engage local companies in project partnerships.

Quality and service is our mantra… and it’s working. Last year was our biggest year yet.

Ian Prosser, General Manager, MJB Industries

Australind to Beyond

From supporting major, local projects such as the $1.3 billion Bunbury Outer Ring Road to trucking concrete products to the east coast of Australia, The Hovey Group’s location within the Australind Industrial Precinct (just metres off Forrest Highway) provides the perfect location.

Expanding for the Future

The Hovey Group are confident about the future, recently investing in a second bi-directional pipe manufacturing plant. The new $1 million addition is more automated, allows for greater variation in production, and, importantly, provides the company with more productive maintenance down-time.

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T: +61 8 9797 0999

E: sales@mjbindustries.com


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