Stonework and stonemasonry have helped Baron Forge to be a market leader in stone supply in Australia.
Baron Forge has made the craft of stonemasonry a key feature in building construction, by creating significant structures, products and spaces using stone.
With over 35 years’ experience supplying stone to the construction and building industries, The Baron Forge Group is the largest fabricator and installer of natural stone, engineered stone and porcelain on a national scale. It has locations in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
Baron Forge supplies the finest local and imported natural marble, granite, limestone and ceramic tiles to be manufactured at its Australian plants. The company sources its stone materials by carefully selecting from quarries all over the world, as well as the best, most trusted local suppliers. It also sources, supplies and installs glass splashbacks when stone benchtops are being used.
Its national footprint has allowed many of Australia’s leading commercial builders to seek out Baron Forge to assist them in completing their tilling and stone requirements for projects around the country.
Baron Forge also has manufacturing plants in every mainland capital city. The capacity of its Melbourne plant enabled it to have a production schedule to keep up with the tight installation program for the 171 Collins Street project in Melbourne’s CBD.
From its humble beginnings as a family business in Melbourne in 1985, Baron Forge has been servicing both commercial and residential builders, as well as retail markets. Over the years, the group has expanded to include a number of complementary businesses including Omnifloor and GH Cabinets.
The business is part of the Paz Group of Companies, a major provider of construction, civil, landscaping and tiling services industries in Australia.
Baron Forge has an award-winning commercial division that has been involved in creating the stonework in a large number of major projects, for the past 30 years.
Its newly formed Residential Division encompasses PazStone, Stone-Tech and Sogenco, uniting these brands under one division.
New machinery and facilities
Recent upgrades to its manufacturing plant in Victoria include a state-of-the-art automatic picking and loading machine with combination saw and water jet line. The only one of its kind in Australia, the new machine also automatically sorts the cut pieces into jobs, offcuts and rubbish, saving time and labour. This upgrade has increased capacity by 50%.
The Queensland office has also made the move to a different location. The custom designed factory will see the addition of a new machines and line upgrades, incorporating an automated cutting line that will increase capacity by over 100%. The site is set to open mid-November.
All its factories are 100% wet cutting facilities with frequent air monitoring undertaken.
This investment in production capacity has enhanced speed, consistency, quality and control, giving customers of Baron Forge the opportunity to work with local stonemasons rather than look to import finished product.
Baron Forge is committed to providing its clients with optimal service and advice. It remains responsive to the changing requirements of the industry and constantly works to streamline its services and tailor its product offering. The key sectors it supplies to include the following:
- Tier one construction companies
- Large commercial and residential builders
- Volume builders
- Cabinet makers
- Major retailers
Its ability to problem-solve and add value is evident in the way it manages each project. The inhouse design team are experts in finding solutions and assisting architects to find ideal pieces of stone and to see their visions realised.
Baron Forge does everything from visiting quarries in Italy with clients, choosing and shipping stone, creating custom-built systems to hold the stone when the expansive surface has undulating vertical wall sections, vein matching and much more.
The company’s assurance to continuous improvement through the use of the latest technology, training, safety testing and quality standards, ensures it maintains its place as an industry leader.
Pictured: The onyx feature wall in the foyer of the Mirvac Array building.