Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Three Decades in Business; M&P Services Has Triumphed in Tough Times

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Three Decades in Business; M&P Services Has Triumphed in Tough Times

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Byline: Rainee Shepperson Rainee.Shepperson@dailymercury.com.au

THIRTY-TWO years operating a family owned business has had its fair share of ups and downs but Maxwell Lamb and his son - also named Maxwell Lamb - wouldn't have it any other way.

Mr Lamb established Mackay business M&P Services in 1986 and now shares the role of company director with his son.

Max Junior has just appointed Phil Randall as operations manager of the business while he steps into the new role of business development manager, a testament to the growth of the business.

"As soon as I left school I started as an apprentice mechanic here and then worked my way up," Max said.

"I bought Dad's business partner out in 1997 and have been a director ever since.

"Back then we only had six employees and now we employ 85 people from around the region."

M&P Services started as a mechanical panel shop with a demand for smash repairs. Now it specialises in the manufacturing, hire and sale of portable buildings and transport.

The business is one of the only family-owned businesses in Queensland that manufactures portable buildings used by multinational mining companies.

"We started getting more opportunities to do work for mining companies as Mackay started changing from a sugar town to a mining town," Max said.

"We started off transporting the portable buildings and then manufacturing them as the business grew."

Max said the last few years in business had been tough, but planning ahead for the worst case scenario, embracing business diversity and having management work closely with staff had sustained M&P Services throughout the mining downturn.

"The downturn was quite prolonged but it was really a case of waiting it out," Max said.

"We've made mistakes along the way but we just try not to make the same mistake twice and we adapt to changing markets fairly quickly. …

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