Gap ideal for wa­ter pumps

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An es­tab­lished Kar­ratha wa­ter pump busi­ness has ex­panded and moved onto a new site in Dampier’s Gap Ridge in­dus­trial es­tate.

Last Fri­day Xylem Wa­ter So­lu­tions held the sod-turn­ing of the 1000sqm site of their new work­shop — where they will move to from their lo­ca­tion in the old LIA — when it is com­pleted later this year.

Xylem Kar­ratha branch man­ager Stu­art Thrum said al­though the com­pany had been an es­tab­lished part of the Pil­bara busi­ness land­scape since 2004, Gap Ridge was a prime lo­ca­tion for ex­pand­ing their op­er­a­tions.

“It’s bet­ter for a lo­ca­tion cen­tral point,” he said. “So where we are in the old LIA, we find that some­times peo­ple don’t ac­tu­ally know how to get to us. It’s off the North West Coastal High­way ... and be­ing that (some of our big­gest cus­tomers are nearby), we fig­ured if we moved a lit­tle bit closer to them it’s go­ing to help sup­port them as we grow.”

Xylem ap­pli­ca­tion en­gi­neer Dy­lan Hen­der­son said the ex­tra room af­forded at the site would boost the com­pany’s test­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to be on par with the best in Perth.

“From a project man­age­ment point of view too, it’s bet­ter ac­cess to load­ing and un­load­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“We’re go­ing to have greater stor­age ca­pa­bil­i­ties for our rental as­sets and pur­chase as­sets. So it’s just go­ing to mean we’re able to hold more prod­uct up here in the Pil­bara so that we can de­liver it in a faster time frame.”

Mr Thrum said de­spite the ben­e­fits, few other busi­nesses were mov­ing into Gap Ridge at the mo­ment be­cause many were still “find­ing their feet” af­ter the min­ing down­turn.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Xylem staff Dy­lan Hen­der­son and Stu­art Thrum and site su­per­vi­sor Tony Kinch at the sod-turn­ing of the busi­ness’ new site in Gap Ridge.

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