Jeff Green moved to Darwin in 1975 four weeks after Cyclone Tracy hit. Jeff was fourteen years old & arrived in Darwin to help his father (who was already a resident) and many others with the rebuilding effort of the town.
Seeing the destruction to infrastructure that one of Australia’s most significant tropical cyclones had caused proved a formative experience for Jeff.
It instilled in him a belief that NT builders (due to the potential for cyclonic conditions in the region) have an enhanced social responsibility to their customers. This enhanced social responsibility means they must ensure adequate structural integrity that in many cases to be genuine will need to go beyond the certifiable standard set by the NT Government for industrial & residential construction.
After completing his secondary education at Darwin High School in 1977 Jeff sought to further the skills he had gained in construction from working alongside his father by undertaking an apprenticeship. Jeff completed his Boilermaking (Steel Fabrication) apprenticeship through the Charles Darwin University trade school in Darwin in 1981.
After completing his apprenticeship in 1981 Jeff was hired as a Boilermaker by the French company Schlumberger Limited which is the world’s largest oil fields services provider.
Throughout Jeff’s seven year tenure at Schlumberger Limited he worked in multiple countries through the Pacific / Oceanic region. Jeff was consistently placed in positions of leadership and his various roles & responsibilities saw him overseeing highly complex industrial construction in some of the world’s most remote locations.
In 1989 Jeff decided to relocate back to the Northern Territory. Upon returning he gained employment as the Chief Operator of Steel Fabrication for the Lead, Zinc & Silver mining operation Normandy Metals at their Woodcutters site located just outside Bachelor (NT).
After spending five years working for Normandy Metals, in 1994 Jeff & his wife Coralie decided to establish their own company (Area Steel Construction) that would subcontract their Steel Fabrication services to Normandy Metals. Area Steel Construction initially subcontracted only to Normandy Metals, however the venture quickly grew to a multiple crew operation that subcontracted Steel Fabrication to various mining ventures across the Territory.
In the year 2000 Jeff decided to branch out permanently into general construction (namely industrial hot form & cold form sheds).
Jeff has now been the Managing Director of Area Steel Construction for Twenty-five years & has remained true to his beliefs regarding the need for a higher general standard for structural integrity in the NT given the Northern Territory’s propensity for cyclonic activity.
Our company’s mission statement says it all:
“We build to stand the test of time & the test of the Territory”