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