Border Cranes Consultants has opened a $3.8 million facility in Wodonga, which is set to create new jobs for regional Australia.
The facility is the specialist engineering firm’s headquarters and will see 20 new jobs created in the region.
Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie officially opened the 3500 square metres facility in the Baranduda Industrial Estate on Monday May 25th.
The new facility took eight months to complete and is the largest commercial project the local builder Crito’s Construction and Rigging Pty Ltd has completed.
It includes a 2485 square metres workshop including a machine ship, a 595 square metre administration area and a 420 square metre spare parts area.
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Border Cranes Consultants Director Jason Barry said the facility is six times the size of the company’s previous leased Kendall St workshop and will allow it to take on a greater volume of work.
“It allows us to continue to grow the business with plans to expand existing and new ventures including our eco-blasting and fabrication functions.”
Barry said the business has had minimal impact from COVID-19 and is currently advertising positions for qualified tradesmen and apprentices.
“We are one of the lucky ones as the work we carry out is essential,” he said.
“We service all states and territories, so the logistics have been challenging at times, but our team is incredible.
“With only 30 per cent of our work coming from the local area; we are bringing money back into the local economy and creating jobs, locally.”
Speedie said it is a welcomed boost to local employment and to Baranduda Industrial Estate.
“Council staff assisted with the purchase of the two industrial lots in 2018 and it is fantastic to see the stand-out facility finished and fully operational,” she said.
“I want to thank the owners for being strong supporters of local charities and sporting organisations as well as vocational skills and training in our community.”