For manufacturers and manufacturing workers who remain skeptical of the benefits the resources boom could offer the local industry; news that Australian-owned Nepean Mining will build a new manufacturing facility at the Port of Mackay, Queensland would hopefully ease some industry reservations.
The new $50 million facility, which is expected to generate 400 new full-time jobs, will be geared at producing and supplying a range of equipment for coal mining operations, including above-ground conveyors and in-pit crushing and conveying systems, according to the Daily Mercury.
The 5.8-hectare facility will have detected lines set up to manufacture conveyors, transfer stations and other mining related infrastructure.
It will include an R & D division that will focus on developing new mining technologies and will hold mine training and safety programs.
Construction is expected to start early this year to be completed by the year end. No confirmed dates have been set.
The Mackay is area is fast becoming an industry hub for the Queensland state. Minister for Manufacturing, Jan Jarratt told the ABC that the new facility shows the extent of the resources boom.
"We’ve got announcements of new and exciting projects from Hay Point right through to Abbot Point," she said.
"The whole region with the Bowen Basin, the Galilee Basin, is just booming and the potential employment generation and wealth generation out of this area of Queensland is huge."
Nepean Mining’s plan to build the new manufacturing facility at the Port of Mackay was announced by Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser yesterday.
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