Business booms for Parkhurst company Stresscrete
THE staff of Parkhurst company Stresscrete have been run off their feet these past couple of months.
Since last November they've been busy preparing a $450,000 order of prestressed concrete piles for the construction of the new Cape River Bridge near Charters Towers.
The $34.6 million project, due to commence in April after the wet season, aims to flood proof the Gregory Developmental Road between Emerald and Charters Towers.
Stresscrete owner and manager Craig Zinn, 45, has run this local business for nine years now and currently employs 24 staff and a number of heavy haulage drivers.
Since winning the lucrative tender for stage one - the supply of bridge piles to the Main Roads Department, he has hired four more staff to keep up with demand.
According to Mr Zinn, there are 88 octagonal piles in the project with a diameter of 550mm, ranging in length from 11m to 21m and a total weight of approximately 865 tonnes.
"We cast two piles per day in one of our stressing beds,” Mr Zinn said,
"We do 10 per week so it's about nine weeks work.”
Mr Zinn said the project is on schedule and expects to be finished in two weeks' time.
"This is only the first stage, the next stage will be the supply of the pre-stressed bridge beams,” he said.
"We've had to price those to several contractors and whoever wins that contract with Main Roads, we hope to work with.”
Stresscrete also has a heavy haulage division specialising in the transport of heavy equipment and machinery, capable of carrying up to 65 tonne on road or 110 tonne off road.
Mr Zinn said he'll know by the end of the month if Stresscrete Heavy Haulage will be awarded the contract to transport the bridge piles to Charters Towers.
Over the years, Stresscrete have supplied precast and prestressed concrete products for many various civil, marine, mining and building projects including the Yeppen South bridge and various Curtis Island projects.
Mr Zinn said there are some Main Roads contracts in region and the award of those is imminent and Stresscrete hope to be part of that.
After a couple of quiet years due to the mining downturn, Mr Zinn is also hoping the increasing coal price will drive an upswing for his business in the production of mining infrastructure.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke said the Cape River Bridge Upgrade would improve road safety and accessibility between Emerald and Charters Towers.
"This means improved year-round freight access to inland communities and the Townsville Port, as well as safer and better driving conditions for locals.
"This project is part of the Palaszczuk Government's $77 million investment in the Gregory Developmental Road over the next three years.
"We are committed to improving the inland highway to ensure it is safe and dependable for local residents, the freight, mining and agricultural industries, and tourists.”