Cement Australia, the country’s largest cement manufacturer has invested more in Queensland’s future.
Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs and Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk attended this morning’s official opening of the company’s redeveloped cement laboratory and offices at Darra.
“This is a US$10m redevelopment project that means Queensland is now home to the best in cement manufacturing in Australia,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The State Government has worked with Cement Australia since 2004, helping to facilitate the company’s original expansion through the Queensland Government’s Investment Incentive Scheme.
Ms Palaszczuk said the company had experienced significant success in the past five years, with its Milton office growing from 91 to 134 staff and numbers at Darra increasing from 30 to 80.
“The company produces around 40 per cent of the country’s cement and has forecast this year’s turnover at US$1bn,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“In this climate of unstable financial times, when many companies are contracting and postponing plans, Cement Australia’s investment is a ringing endorsement for the Queensland economy.
“It shows real confidence in our State’s ongoing infrastructure plans,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Chris Leon, CEO Cement Australia, said the company had more manufacturing operations and distribution terminals in Queensland than anywhere else in Australia.
“Queensland is a great state for Cement Australia with our rich history from Darra in the South East to Gladstone to Mt Isa, and we look forward to working with State Government to ensure we grow here,” Mr Leon said.