In the late 1970s, Ahrens began fabricating its own structural steel at the Sheaoak Log workshop. Construction work in the Northern Territory, as well as projects for the local wine industry, gave the business a strong foundation and it quickly established a reputation as a cost-effective supplier of steel buildings.
Bob and Marj’s son, Stefan, started working for Ahrens in 1988 and was appointed Managing Director in 1995. In 1998, Ahrens acquired the silo manufacturing and distribution businesses of Sherwell in South Australian and Victoria and in 2002 it acquired Webster’s Silos in Queensland. In 2003, Ahrens bought M&S Steel Buildings and established a second steel fabrication and construction base in Queensland.
More recent rural acquisitions included MPH Rural’s silo operations in Toowoomba, Queensland and Gilgandra, New South Wales in 2010; Jaeschke Silos in Tarranyurk, Victoria in 2011; Pioneer Water Tanks in Perth, Western Australia in 2015; Wheatbelt Steel in Western Australia in 2018 and the iconic Southern Cross brand in 2019.
Ahrens also expanded their international reach with Pioneer Water tanks taking ownership of US master dealer, Acer Water Tanks in 2018.
In 2017, to better service our customers and ensure the highest quality of our product range, Ahrens commissioned its own silo manufacturing line at Sheaoak Log in South Australia.
Ahrens Rural division now has a footprint of six primary manufacturing facilities in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, as well as a satellite operation in Tasmania.