National civil engineering company Reinforced Earth is building a new Western Australian manufacturing hub near Northam after purchasing a 4.02ha site at DevelopmentWA’s Avon Industrial Park, east of the town’s centre.
Reinforced Earth specialises in the design and supply of proprietary retaining wall solutions and buried concrete arches widely used in the mining and civil market.
The company’s managing director Riccardo Musella said the company also had a precast division to manufacture various custom engineered products to those same markets, and the site at Avon Industrial Park would be used to build a precast factory.
“We are investing in regional Australia to grow our manufacturing capabilities, as part of a company strategy to be closer to where our clients do business,” Mr Musella said.
“We have already established regional operations in Albury in NSW, and this expansion near Northam will help us better meet demand for off-site manufacturing in the growing civil and mining infrastructure markets.”
Operating across Australia, Reinforced Earth has established facilities in Landsdale in WA and in the Brisbane suburb of Sumner Park, as well as Albury.
Northam is the gateway to Western Australia’s Goldfields and also has road access to the iron ore-rich Pilbara, while only being 90 minutes from Perth.
“Stage 1 construction includes 2,000sqm of manufacturing area under a 25-tonne portal crane, as well as ancillary office space and amenities,” he said.
“We will then move on to Stage 2, which includes building permanent offices and the factory, and we anticipate completion by the end of April 2022.
“Employing local contractors from Northam has been central to our development and enabled us to complete construction quickly.
“The support from DevelopmentWA during the sales process has also been excellent.”
Avon Industrial Park is a 200ha estate adjacent to the Great Eastern Highway and Transcontinental Railway.
Created specifically to meet the needs of businesses servicing the rural, resources and mineral processing markets, it is part of a wider 470ha park developed in partnership with the Wheatbelt Development Commission and the Avon Community Development Foundation.
Businesses already located within the Park include D.E. Engineers, Waste Equipment Solutions, Coast to Coast Truck Wreckers, CHC Scaffolding, Interquip, Precision Mechanical and Nash Mining & Civil Equipment Rental.
DevelopmentWA CEO Frank Marra said businesses were seeing value in a regional hub investment to better service mining and agricultural markets in WA.
“Avon Industrial Park is well suited to Reinforced Earth’s manufacturing facility that will bring it closer to its clientele, with land at a fraction of the cost of comparable industrial property in Perth,” he said.
“The economic conditions in Western Australia are strong and regional WA is ripe for investment, which is fuelling strong demand for industrial land.
“It’s also great to see Reinforced Earth investing in local jobs and helping to grow Northam’s economy.”
Adding to the appeal for businesses is the Shire of Northam’s Industry Attraction Fund, which offers grants of up to $1 million to bring new businesses to the local area and support existing businesses in regional expansion.
Stage 2 general industrial lots of up to 10.6ha at Avon Industrial Park are available, with requirements for larger lots within the estate able to be discussed with DevelopmentWA.
Lots are priced from $240,000 excluding GST for a 2.7ha site.
Stage 2 lots are connected to power and scheme water, as well as access to broadband communications.