Coxon's Radiators kicking coal goals
IN THE past year, Coxon's Radiators have taken six locals out of the unemployment pool.
And with the announcement Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine will begin operations next year, the local business could see their staff expand even further.
Over the past 12 months, Coxon's, who service the Bowen Basin and mining sector, have paved a pathway of success thanks to the upswing in the mining sector
After moving into their new premises in Parkhurst in August 2015, Coxon's expanded their team and have plans for a further extension due to the fact they are quickly outgrowing their current workshop.
Coxon's operations manager Joel Heazlewood said their Rockhampton location was no impediment to servicing the Bowen Basin and mining sector and that it was sometimes an advantage.
"Coxon's have competitively priced and won several jobs in the Bowen Basin over the past few months, including a major ultra-class truck fleet radiator servicing contract,” Mr Heazlewood said.
"Our innovative approach to cost-effective servicing and reducing downtime is made possible by our nose cone exchange system, which is one of the only exchange units of its kind in the Bowen Basin.”
Coxon's success has also been due to support from Rockhampton Regional Council's economic development unit.
Taking on the biggest clients in the mining industry is only possible by demonstrating innovation, something RRC Business and Economic Development senior executive Lee Sunderland is keen to see replicated.
"When businesses like Coxon's Radiators win major contracts, it's good for the whole region,” Mr Sunderland said.
"They create local jobs, and help to further cement Rockhampton's reputation as a city that is willing and capable to service the resources sector.”
Rocky region Mayor Margaret Strelow agreed, particularly with the recent increase in coal prices and the prospect of the Galilee Basin opening in the near future.
"Rockhampton is ideally positioned to make the most of mining opportunities, and the outstanding, award-winning resource industry businesses that we have in our region are a testament to our capability.
"If businesses want to take a proactive approach to start working in the mining industry, there's never been a better time to start building for the future. Council's Economic Development strategy is in place to help businesses like Coxon's Radiators, and I would encourage them to take advantage of this support."
To find out how you can access Council's Business and Economic Development assistance, email lee.sunderland