Yamba the winner as welding firm expands
By DAVID BANCROFT
IT may not be long before small and large aluminium boats cruising the Clarence River and its environs are being produced in Yamba.
After securing a $255,000 Federal Government grant to go towards an upgrade of its premises, Yamba Welding and Engineering will soon be looking to move into the recreational vessel market.
The move into the recreational market started about 18 months ago after the Yamba company bought out struggling Brisbane firm Deep Vee Pty Ltd and some subsidiary companies that went with it.
Included in that purchase were the intellectual property rights to a number of designs for aluminium flat bottom punts, deep vee and medium vee vessels.
They include the Ocean Cylinder and Pacific Sports Ships designs. It will mean the company will move from a site dedicated to commercial and government vessels to one that will include a recreational range.
And it will mean the building will have to double in size and close to double the number of employees.
Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn said the company would employ at least another 12 workers, most of whom would come from the Clarence Valley and would receive full training on site.
"The new area will be higher and bigger," he said.
Mr Collingburn said the company had also secured a contract with China, and would be producing 'flat pack' cut outs that would be welded together in China.
"About 99 per cent of our work comes from outside the area," he said.
Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, who helped secure the government grant, said the funding would provide a tremendous boost for the local economy and the local job mar- ket.