Being a member of an association for 110 years is almost unimaginable and sets an example for other companies aiming to achieve similar recognition by the industry.

As a member of the Master Builders Association North for 110 years, Barrow Construction topped the list of long-standing members of the Association and consequently received special recognition at the MBA North’s Presidential Dinner in Bryanston.

The founding of MBA North dates back to 1903 and a year later contracting business Barrow Construction became a member, which means that this Johannesburg-based company has been a Master Builder for 110 years. Barrow Construction is family-owned and family-managed with the fifth generation currently at the helm.

The company’s 11 decades of membership was by far the longest membership recognised on the occasion. The other long-standing members in attendance who received framed commemorative certificates from MBA North’s current president, Lea Smith, were:

J.W. Taylor Construction – 75 years;
Pace Construction, Frascot, and Corobrik – 50 years;
Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting, and Tiber Bonvec – 45 years;
Dudley & Sons, and Industrial Plumbers – 40 years;
MV Denny Painter – 35 years;
Tekweni Centurion Ceilings, Mouldcor, W. Voigt, The Roofing Guarantee, Shurprops 1039, Tronkon, Carpet & Décor Centre, Neat Builders, and Phala Sanitary – 30 years.

MBA North Executive Director Mohau Mphomela paid tribute to the loyalty of the long-standing members who received awards and said the Association relied on individual input for its collective strength. “Your loyalty has played a major role in strengthening and sustaining the MBA. Every individual contribution helps the MBA to attain the respected status it holds in the building industry and the community today,” he concluded.