Concrete plan for new jobs

By LUKE KEIOSKIE

CONSTRUCTION will begin any day on a new concrete facility that will provide 50 local jobs and a multi-million dollar industry in Macksville.

Nambucca Shire Council's 25ha industrial estate at Macksville will be home to the new concrete casting yard, after the council beat eight other communities vying for the $9 million dollar facility.

Abigroup have revealed big plans for Nambucca, with NSW operations manager Chris Bryce saying the new casting yard would employ up to 50 people, with the number predicted to grow.

"The facility will create direct employment and initially we hope to turn over more than $10 million per year and grow from there," Mr Bryce said.

Mr Bryce said the aim is to have the plant up and running by July, with construction beginning when the weather clears.

The facility will be used primarily for concrete supply but there is potential for local suppliers and subcontractors to benefit, such as office suppliers, fuel suppliers and light vehicle servicing.

"We have big plans for the facility but it all depends on how much work we can pick up in this very competitive industry," Mr Bryce said.

Nambucca Shire Council business-development manager Wayne Lowe said the casting yard provides the potential for Nambucca to be a strategic location for industrial manufacturing on the North Coast.

"The location in regard to future roadworks, and the available industrial land parcels and human resources, were key to Macksville's success in the bid," Mr Lowe said.



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