Business feature: Cant's Building and Construction

Ron Cant, founder of Cants Building and Construction, and his son Matt, who owns the firm.

Ron Cant, founder of Cants Building and Construction, and his son Matt, who owns the firm.

They say life begins at forty, if that’s right then there are plenty more busy days ahead for the team at Cants Building & Construction. The family owned and operated building firm has been providing customised renovations and building solutions for Maitland and Hunter residents since 1978, when Ron Cant began his business from his backyard.

Having grown up on a dairy farm in Maitland, Ron got his first taste of the building industry while at school, with a stint of wood work sparking his passion for the trade. At 29 years of age, Ron made the decision to start his business, with the support of wife Judy.

“I don’t think I was ever sure what might happen in the long term, but the timing seemed right so we kicked on with starting the business and servicing the Maitland area,” says Ron Cant.

The business began as Ron Cant Builders, with a simple, yet catchy strap line stating ‘If Ron Cant build who can’ with Ron running solo for the first two years.

After steady growth and earning its reputation for quality construction, the business welcomed Ron’s son Matt as an apprentice in 1987, and in 2001 the name was changed to Ron Cant & Son Builders. Matt quickly assumed a new role as director in charge of estimates and project management. It was around 2006 that Matt took charge of the business, under the steady guidance of Ron, and moved to their current location in Young Street, East Maitland.

In 2009, confident that his son was growing the business to new heights and retaining the long-standing reputation it had earned, Ron retired. The firm later changed its name again to become Cants Building & Construction, with Matt becoming sole director in 2012. Today the firm employs 22 staff with project managers, site supervisors, carpenters, apprentices, with the able admin team completing the picture.

While the company may seem to have implemented much change over the years, a great deal has stayed the same; the proud family run firm boasts some impressive staff loyalty with long-standing employee Sandra Mead clocking up over 30 years with the business.

“We are incredibly grateful to all of our employees for the hard work and dedication they give to our business. Our clients, both past and present, and all of our team are the reason we are celebrating 40 great years in this business,” said Matt Cant.

With a raft of projects from residential building extensions and renovations to a number of local government contracts, the team at Cants are powering along servicing clients with consistency and quality, looking forward to what the next decade might bring. Cants Building & Construction – Proudly building Maitland and The Hunter for over 40 years.

TEAM: From back left: Daniel Hooker, Paul Carter, Matt Sage. Front left: Jacqui Sauer, Jodi Cant and Sandra Mead.

TEAM: From back left: Daniel Hooker, Paul Carter, Matt Sage. Front left: Jacqui Sauer, Jodi Cant and Sandra Mead.