Crane manufacturer to create 190 jobs at former Holden site
Friday, 16 February 2018
A new crane manufacturing centre at the former Holden site in Elizabeth 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. The 190 new jobs being created will build on ACM’s current Adelaide workforce of 17 staff.
ACM is the largest privately-owned manufacturer of cranes and Elevated Work Platforms in the Oceania region and exports to the United States, Chile and Canada.
The 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 Managing Director Ben Potter said 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.
“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.”
Following construction of the new crane manufacturing centre, production is expected to begin in early 2019.
ACM is receiving a $2.2 million grant from the Economic Investment Fund to establish the facility.