Thursday 22 August, 2019

Inspired by welder dad, Alistair Williams builds metal company

“I’ve watched and helped my father since I was a little boy, so this is quite dear to me," said Alistair Williams of his business venture, Willwelds Metal Construction.

“I’ve watched and helped my father since I was a little boy, so this is quite dear to me," said Alistair Williams of his business venture, Willwelds Metal Construction.

Alistair Williams decided from a young age that he would operate his own business. He stuck to his plan, and is now running three firms, but considers Willwelds Metal Construction his legacy project.

“I got the idea while completing my degree in operations management at the University of Technology. I knew for sure that I’d have to run my own business, but through research, I found that there was a demand for metal fabrication and construction,” Williams said.

Since commencing operations in 2017, Kingston-based, Willwelds Metal has secured several contracts for residential and commercial projects, with social media platform Instagram, as one of its biggest marketing tools.

Interestingly, Williams watched his father, Eugent work in welding for over 25 years, but the lad didn’t see himself working in the industry until a few years ago.

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Nonetheless, the experience of helping his dad over the years put him a better position to successfully operate the metal construction firm.

 “My father has been very instrumental in getting this business off the ground. He loaned me his welding equipment for my first set of jobs, and he makes the time to work with me while doing his personal projects,” he told Young People in Business.

Williams went on to note that because of his strong connection to welding, he’s even more determined to grow the business and help generate employment for young men in and around Kingston.

He’s already contracted graduates and students of institutions like HEART Trust NTA to help complete various jobs.

“I’ve watched and helped my father since I was a little boy, so this is quite dear to me. Though I run other businesses, I see this one as something to carry on the Williams name … I’m building a legacy, the Calabar High School past student said.

 

 

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