JOINT EFFORT: DB Schenker chief executive Asia Pacific Jochen Thewes, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, DB Schenker chief executive Ron Koehler and Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock.
JOINT EFFORT: DB Schenker chief executive Asia Pacific Jochen Thewes, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, DB Schenker chief executive Ron Koehler and Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock. Inga Williams

DB Schenker talk jobs and traineeships at Redbank launch

LEADING global logistics company DB Schenker had its official opening at the Redbank Motorway Estate yesterday in a major boost to the Ipswich economy.

The company has brought 70 new jobs to the region, including providing 23 Ipswich people with two-year traineeships.

DB Schenker, based in Germany, will spend $40 million over the next 10 years on the 85,000sq m site that includes a 31,500sq m warehouse.

The Redbank site will be the company's largest warehouse and supply chain facility.

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DB Schenker Australia chief executive Ron Koehler said Ipswich won out over 40 other sites and that the Ipswich base was competitive for the company and its customers.

Mr Koehler said the company had a commitment to being a supporter of the Ipswich region, hence the provision of jobs for locals.

"We are committed to training our young staff and giving support to the community," he said.

"Obviously we want to draw the young talent from around Ipswich.

"At the moment we employ around 80 people but that will go up to ...potentially 150.

"We can probably create another 50 or 60 jobs over the next 12 months." Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said "with the loss of a lot of industries to Ipswich, having a new logistics estate is fantastic".

"People have a shot at me for working with industry, but this is the result. When you walk into something like this everybody goes 'wow'," he said.

"DB Schenker could have gone anywhere, but they chose Ipswich… because we looked after them.

"They gave me a commitment that they would employ 40 trainees and over 20 have already started.

"You don't get a better company to deal with."

Mr Koehler said there was also room for expansion of the warehouse by 15,000sq m and that "the site allows us to have our own incorporated container yard as well as having seven-pallet high storage".



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