Jobs set to flow from $75m plant
CONSTRUCTION of a $75 million manufacturing facility at Swanbank has begun in a positive sign for an industry struggling in Ipswich.
Steel frames are in place on the 500ha site purchased by Investa Property Group in 2006 with the facility to be home to Swiss-based company Holcim.
The construction program will deliver a major jobs boost to the Ipswich region, creating more than 200 jobs over the next nine months and a further 140 jobs will roll out once the plant is operational early next year.
Brisbane-based FDC Group is building the new plant on a 15ha site, representing the largest manufacturing facility of pre-cast product in Queensland.
Earlier this month 30 staff from manufacturer Bradken were made redundant as mining companies started feeling the effects of an industry slow down.
Investa Land QLD general manager Bruce Harper said investment of this size by international company Holcim was significant for the local economy
"It firmly puts Swanbank on the map as a prime industrial and manufacturing precinct," he said.
Investa has worked closely with Ipswich City Council to implement a master plan and infrastructure agreements.
Swanbank Enterprise Park comprised 260 hectares of General Industry land, 40 hectares of Business Park land and 200 hectares of buffer.
FDC general manager QLD, Matt Morton, applauded Investa for providing a new opportunity for local manufacturing and jobs.