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New Holcim factory opens in Ipswich

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Ipswich’s manufacturing sector has grown with yesterday’s opening of a new Holcim plant.

Holcim, a maker of construction products, has been operating in Australia since 1901, and claims over 200 concrete plants around the country, as well as 900 mixer trucks and 88 quarry sites.

The Queensland Times reports that the 14-hectare, $80 million plant is part of a strong industrial sector in the city, which competed for other sites to get the facility built at Swanbank Enterprise Park.

"There was three options,"  the city’s mayor, Paul Pisasale, told the Times.

"The collaborative efforts between Holcim Australia and council to deliver this project have been phenomenal and it just goes to show what all levels of government and businesses can do when they work together.

"Jobs are the heart of every community and with 14 industry parks across our city, Ipswich is well and truly open for business."

According to a statement by Bob Baldwin, parliamentary secretary to the industry minister, the region has already seen $100 million of benefit from the project, which showed there was still confidence in the Australian economy.

“While the sector is facing challenges and is undergoing a transformation, there are fundamental strengths in Australian industry,” he said in a statement.

The factory will produce Holcim’s Humes branded products, including concrete pipes and structural pre-cast concrete.

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