Biloela Workshop is up to the job
GLOBAL financial crisis? What global financial crisis?
If you walked into the G&S Engineering Services' Biloela branch last week, you might have asked that.
Back in April, at the height of the “GFC”, when many mines across Central Queensland were cutting a swath through workforces, Central Telegraph reported that G & S was planning to expand its workshop and increase its workshop employees.
Manufacturing manager Aldo Aili told Central Telegraph that the workshop was now 20 metres wide and 80 metres long with two 50 tonne overhead cranes.
The new space and cranes came in handy with the Biloela staff working on a big job that barely squeezed into the new shed.
Mr Aili said they had been working on a massive counterweight boom for Mackay's PCQ Abbot Point coal terminal. The big structure, 5.8m wide by 28.5m long and weighing 48.6 tonnes, was built as part of four stacker-reclaimers for Abbot Point.
The Biloela workshop was fabricating the counterweight boom, counterweight rocker system and bucket wheel boom pylon sections.
The two cranes were put to good use when they loaded the gigantic counterweight boom onto a truck, to be transported to Mackay for final machining and painting.
“This type of expert manufacturing is now possible following the recent investment by G & S in upgrading the workshop,” Mr Aili said.
G & S planned the workshop expansion and staff increase earlier in the year when the company secured some contracts for major infrastructure works early in 2008. The company is hoping for more big projects for the Biloela workshop.