BIG PLANS: Paul Waardyk (inset) and his team at Mining Equipment Maintenance have rebuilt this Caterpillar 785C rear dump truck ready to return to a mine site, and are rebuilding the MEM business.
BIG PLANS: Paul Waardyk (inset) and his team at Mining Equipment Maintenance have rebuilt this Caterpillar 785C rear dump truck ready to return to a mine site, and are rebuilding the MEM business. Allan Reinikka Rokamem

Rocky mining company on the mend after jobs were axed

AFTER being forced to axe jobs after it was placed under administration, Rockhampton business Mining Equipment Maintenance is being rebuilt.

The company, specialising in mining equipment repairs and maintenance, is now having its own repairs and maintenance carried out, with the return of ownership to one of the founding members of MEM, Paul Waardyk.

Paul said they currently have 40 staff working at the Parkhurst plant, after he returned to his old business six weeks ago to "pick up the pieces".

"We are back to where we were," Paul said.

Paul admits he left the business when it was acquired by another company in 2008, to allow large scale expansion to happen.

"I left to allow that to happen, but it never did."

Now he is back, Paul said they are looking to the future, to build even stronger, looking to focus on growth in medium vehicles and fabrication, as well as large scale mining vehicles and componentry.

Believing strongly in the industry, and its importance to our region, Paul said MEM will work with a more hands-on point of view for the managers, and focus on the mentality of good quality work and excellent service.

Despite reports of mining downturn, Paul believes there is no reason they can't have success.

And he firmly believes the coal mine industry and council is behind them all the way.

"We are standing on our own two feet again, and looking forward."



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