Crane manufacturer to create 190 jobs at former Holden site

A new crane-manufacturing centre to be built on the former Holden automotive assembly site in Adelaide will create 190 jobs, as part of a $16 million investment by Victorian-based Australian Crane and Machinery (ACM).

The manufacturing centre will deliver jobs and apprenticeships in the northern suburbs for former automotive workers and those in metal trades including welders, fitters, auto electricians and machinists.

It is expected to lead the way for further investment and industry on the former Holden site in Elizabeth, which was purchased by developer Pelligra Group and will be transformed into an industrial and manufacturing hub, renamed Lionsgate Business Park.

Following construction of the new crane-manufacturing centre, production is expected to begin in early 2019.

The manufacturing plant will cover up to 28,000 square metres and enable ACM to compete in the international market and grow its exports of technically-advanced, large-scale equipment.

ACM is receiving a $2.2 million grant from the Economic Investment Fund to establish the facility. ACM is the largest privately-owned manufacturer of cranes and Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) in the Oceania region and exports to the United States, Chile and Canada.

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The South Australia facility will play a major role in servicing its EWP fleet. The 190 new jobs being created will build on ACM’s current Adelaide workforce of 17 staff including sales and hiring, technicians and EWP operators.

Investment Attraction South Australia (IASA)  is bringing companies like Boeing and Technicolor to the state.

Since its inception in mid-2015, IASA has created more than 7,380 jobs for South Australians and generated more than $2.1 billion of investment in the state.

Premier Jay Weatherill said this move by ACM to open a new manufacturing centre in South Australia is a vote of confidence in the state’s ability to manufacture and export technically-advanced, large-scale equipment to the world.

“It will create a diverse range of jobs and apprenticeships in the metal trades,” Weatherill said. “This is important in the context of creating and maintaining skill synergies across other industry sectors including defence, infrastructure, energy and mining.”

ACM managing director Ben Potter said their team is excited to bring manufacturing to Adelaide, and is especially looking forward to producing their innovative machines from the state.

“Our ACM products are designed for the world and are globally competitive, and due to the ever-increasing global population and customer demand, ACM needs to expand our manufacturing facilities,” Potter said.

“We have chosen South Australia as the location for ACM’s newest production facility, due to the presence of skilled labour, engineers and a stable workforce and political environment.

“The location is excellent for export market shipping and access to wind farms where our largest units are used for maintenance. Of course, the weather is also great, which is important for us working and testing our machines in the field.”

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