Manufacturing News

New steel hub for Kurri Kurri

A steel fabrication company plans to relocate its operations to the Hunter Economic Zone at Kurri Kurri, sparking hope for new jobs in the region.

Industrial Building Services lodged plans with Cessnock Council for to build a new steel fabrication and distribution facility.

The $7 million dollar facility will be able to fabricate up to 12,000 tonnes of steel a year, with the potential to increase to 18,000 tonnes, ABC reported.

IBS said the location at Kurri Kurri was ideal in terms of its location and proximity to infrastructure.

"Longer term, HEZ presents well strategically, in terms of location, proximity to infrastructure, such as the F3 extension," IBS spokesman Anthony Williams said.

"This would enable IBS to better projects in the Upper Hunter, Central Coast and locally, and long term HEZ also offers companies the scope to expand due to land availability there."

Kurri Kurri Business Chamber President Rod Doherty said attracting new business and jobs was essential for the town.

"Any business that's substantial, if it's got 20 or 30 employees or whatever, it's going to have a multiplier affected, and it's going to create one and a half, to two extra jobs within the community," he said.

"So it's just the kind of shot in the arm we need at this point in time, now the smelter's gone."

Doherty said he hoped more businesses would look to HEZ in as a manufacturing hub.

"It's a significant site in the Hunter, some 900 hectares," he said.

"There's only Ulrich Aluminium on there at the present time, and we would hope that we would have more and more businesses start to establish there.

"It is an employment lands generator and we're just hoping that we attract the right applicants to come in there, and then we give them all the support they need to establish."

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