Machine team hastens Rocky effort

HASTINGS Deering is set for a major expansion of its operations in the Rockhampton region.

The company's Rockhampton regional manager Darren Wilson said recently-completed projections showed its workforce would surge from an estimated 968 employees at the end of the current financial year to 1140 by the end of June next year.

And he said it was no secret that the company was looking for a second base in the area.

It was a little more than one year ago that the company's Port Curtis plant lay under water during the Rockhampton floods.

Much has changed since then.

"We're looking at industrial land so we can increase our footprint in Rockhampton," Mr Wilson said.

"We've run out of room where we are ... we're looking to retain half of what we do (at Port Curtis) and have the other half of the business at a new location."

He said the company was receiving applications for work from far and wide.

In recent times skilled overseas workers have been brought in from South Africa, Asia and most recently the United Kingdom.

Two weeks ago 35 apprentices also started work.

"We had 900 applications for the apprentices," Mr Wilson said.

"We will continue to play our role in growing the Rockhampton community."

Mr Wilson said the company had received great support from regulatory authorities in the region as well as the community.



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