Thursday, 17 January 2019 Sydney

Regional Development Fund Helps To Engineer Jobs In Mount Gambier::

The $2.1 million expansion of Whitty Engineering’s Mount Gambier operations is opening doors in the United States and around the world.

Whitty Engineering managing director Will Whitty said the company had secured a world-exclusive agreement with expert wood chipping company Acrowood Corporation to enhance its operations in Australia.

Mr Whitty said that since receiving a $300,000 Regional Development Fund grant in July 2016, and moving into the bigger premises built later in that year, the business had secured several large projects.

It has also achieved ISO 9001 Certification for successful implementation of a quality management system.

“The grant certainly helped push the process forward so our new premises and workshop were completed earlier than we would have expected,” Mr Whitty said.

“The expansion has changed the work we can do and how we market our capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.

“We are able to promote the size and capacity of our facilities and our business, which gives potential customers more confidence in our ability to meet their needs.

“The facility also improves the safety of our work site, and creates more environmentally sustainable work practices.

“These benefits will ultimately help us supply current and new customers over the long term, continue to employ local people, and contribute to our regional economy.”

Whitty now has a long list of contracts completed or underway, including a $1.5 million project to design, manufacture and install equipment for Mount Gambier woods product business Carter Holt Harvey when it imported a new debarker in 2016.

Such contracts have led Whitty to increase employment by about 20 FTEs in less than two years, with total employment now at 60 fulltime staff members and between 30 and 40 casuals at any time. Five apprentices are being trained as fabricators and machinists.

The business has five divisions: the machine shop, fabrication shop, engineering and design, stores and finance and administration. Mr Whitty said housing all divisions at the one site increases efficiency and quality control.

He also said he foresees further growth.

“We want to continue to grow and expand.

“We see this as something that will happen quite naturally – we will continue to develop the business and expand our range of services to suit the growing needs of our customers.”

Whitty Engineering website