Trop­i­cal cover ex­perts

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - AUTO TORQUE -

The team from Trop­i­cal Cov­ers and St­effi’s Up­hol­stery are lo­cal spe­cial­ists in man­u­fac­tur­ing re­tractable truck tarps, side-to­side rolls and side cur­tains, as well as ute cov­ers, boat cov­ers, shade sails and wa­ter­proof mem­branes – they can even fab­ri­cate ute and boat canopies from scratch.

The small fam­ily busi­ness has been op­er­at­ing out of Babinda for the past four years, how­ever, they have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that goes well beyond that, with the three staff mem­bers hav­ing more than 60 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in fab­ri­ca­tion and up­hol­stery.

Co-own­ers Ed­uard Toelke and Ste­fanie Schulz are a fully qual­i­fied fab­ri­ca­tor and up­hol­sterer, re­spec­tively, and Ni­co­lene Ha­ley rounds out the team as the res­i­dent sewer.

As well as be­ing a sup­plier for a num­ber of big haulage com­pa­nies around Cairns, Trop­i­cal Cov­ers also ser­vices the min­ing in­dus­try, coun­cils and govern­ment de­part­ments.

The com­pany’s lat­est project was a 400sq m cover de­signed to col­lect rain wa­ter for a re­mote com­mu­nity in Pa­pua New Guinea.

Equipped with the lat­est in­dus­try tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing 3D laser tem­plat­ing, com­put­er­con­trolled plot­ting and cut­ting, and hot air and high fre­quency weld­ing, Trop­i­cal Cov­ers and St­effi’s Up­hol­stery can com­plete both large com­mer­cial pro­jects and smaller do­mes­tic jobs.

The busi­nesses are lo­cated op­po­site the old Babinda Sugar Mill at 181 Howard Kennedy Drive, Babinda.

“We love Babinda, it’s a great spot to test our prod­ucts as we have some of the harsh­est weather con­di­tions up here,” Ed­uard says.

Boat canopy by Trop­i­cal Cov­ers

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