Established in 2016 by Barry Murphy, Murphy Steel Erectors & Concrete Works Ltd is a leading steel erector based in Ballysaggart, Co. Waterford. Also specialising in concrete works, the company continues to go from strength to strength by providing an unrivalled service.
The primary function of a steel erector is working to install steel beams, steel girders and columns to create frames that modern buildings are built on. When it comes to erecting farm buildings such as milking parlours and beef units, Murphy Steel Erectors is the name you can trust. Barry and his small, but highly-skilled team have earned an enviable reputation for erecting buildings that are manufactured to the highest standards and to your exact requirements.
Quality workmanship, attention to detail, value-for-money and a commitment to working closely with clients to deliver total satisfaction are the hallmarks of Murphy Steel Erectors. Health & Safety is paramount in a profession that is rigorous and sometimes dangerous. From concept to completion, Barry is with you every step of the way, ensuring that your new shed is built and designed to your specific needs.
The company’s ability to complete projects within the agreed timeframe and budget is borne out by the high volume of repeat business and referrals it receives from scores of satisfied customers.
“We can do everything from the foundation up,” Barry explains.
“We do the steel erection and concrete works. We buy our sheds from Gerry Dalton Structural Steel and O’Dwyer Steel, and basically assemble them for the client. They fabricate the shed and we look after the assembling, concrete works and foundations after that.
“It starts with the farmer giving me a set of plans or an outline of the size and type of shed he wants. I then revert back to him with a price from Gerry Dalton or O’Dwyer Steel and we take it from there. They provide us with everything down to the last screw.”
Only the best products and materials go into making a Murphy shed. Barry’s main suppliers other than Gerry Dalton Structural Steel and O’Dwyer Steel are Kilsaran, Roadstone, Murty O’Sullivan, Corbett Concrete and Kereen Quarries.
“We deal with the same tried and trusted suppliers who we have built lasting relationships with over the years,” he says.
Covering West Waterford, South Tipperary and North Cork, the former Waterford U21 hurler only works with CE marked structural steel to the requirements of EN 1090 to and including Execution Class 2 (EXC2), which covers the fabrication of all farm buildings and structural steel used in general construction. Since July 2014, under the Construction Products Regulations (CPR), it has been a legal requirement that fabricated structural steelwork delivered to construction sites must be CE certified.
“Anyone who isn’t CE certified shouldn’t be in this business. Farmers can’t apply for grant aid if they’re not dealing with a CE certified company or won’t be insured in many cases,” he points out.
Murphy Steel Erectors also specialise in silage pits, slurry tanks, boundary walls, silage walls and plant hire. Barry has an array of machinery to carry out projects quickly and efficiently, including two John Deere tractors (a 190R and a 210R), an excavator, dumpers, dump trailers, teleporters, boom lifts, shuttering equipment and a low loader.
“When we start a job, we finish it. We don’t just come and go. It’s what works best for us and the customer,” Barry continues.
“When we say we’ll be there, we mean it. That’s what stands to us along with the quality of our work. We have worked hard to build up a good reputation. We only deal with farmers – we don’t do any industrial work – and that also stands to us. We provide a friendly service and will offer whatever advice we can.”
Barry’s main customers are dairy, beef and pig farmers. Two of his current projects are for pig farmers Charlie Ryan of Doon Farm Enterprises and John Fives. He is also constructing a 14-unit milking parlour in Kilworth, Co. Cork at present.
“Our customers have been very loyal to us. If you look after them, they will look after you. I have two good lads with me who can always be relied upon to get the job done,” says the affable West Waterford man, who had worked as a steel erector on a subcontract basis for O’Dwyer Steel, Gerry Dalton Structural Steel and Norris Bros before setting up his own business. Needless to say, it’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.
In summary, Murphy Steel Erectors is committed to providing a top-quality product and service at the most competitive price. All of its buildings are solid, secure, attractive in appearance and are built to last.
Barry would like to take this opportunity to thank his clients and suppliers for their continued support.
Murphy Steel Erectors & Concrete Works Ltd
Telephone: 087 792 0929
Email: [email protected]
First published in Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 11 No 4, August/September 2023