Sunshine Coast Daily News Article | 18 April 2018

A MAJOR new manufacturing plant has opened on the Sunshine Coast which will soon provide 80 full-time jobs. Network Steel and Aluminium’s new base at Kunda Park was officially opened today by Mayor Mark Jamieson. It will employ 12 workers in the short term with ambitions to expand to 80 as it duplicates the scale of its Brisbane factory.

The company has been in operation for the past 26 years and supplies to an average of 160 new homes each week. It is expected to inject $8 million into the Coast economy. Cr Jamieson said the new facility was another sign of rising business confidence on the Sunshine Coast. “Network Steel and Aluminium’s commitment to our region represents a real win-win,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for the company in a fantastic part of the world but also a great opportunity to further support our local building and construction industry into the future. “As well as today’s opening, we’ve recently opened Youi’s global headquarters and celebrated the expansion of others such as Country Chef, Lang’s Building Supplies and Bizfurn who have deliberately chosen the Sunshine Coast over other regions. “We are the smart place to do business.”

Network Steel and Aluminium’s expansion to the region came as a result of a Sunshine Coast Council campaign in Brisbane last year which promoted the benefits of opening new facilities on the Sunshine Coast. Network Steel and Aluminium co-founder and managing director Peter McConnell said it was a great destination choice for the business as it offered a growing economy, access to talented staff and a great place to live and work. “We’ve wasted no time in forming some great relationships in both the business world and the local community in only a few months,” McConnell said. “We’re already working with Lang’s Building Supplies, Murphy’s Homes and Vantage Homes among other local subcontractors, and we’ve even started sponsoring the local Brothers Rugby Club.  “We feel strongly about being an active contributor and supporter of locals and we’re looking forward to what the future holds for us here.”

For more information about Network Steel and Aluminium, visit networksteel.com.au.

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