Lion at heart of Kennards
WA equipment hire company Kennards has shown faith in the Karratha economy, moving into town through the purchase of Lion Hire.
In the past two years, many businesses servicing the resources industry have wound down, most notably Raw Hire, but a more varied selection of operators have also moved in.
Kennards WA and NT general manager Tony Symons said the existing contact base and local staff would be retained and built upon.
“Lion Hire is a rock-solid business, they’re not in trouble or anything like that,” he said.
“We just think we can add a whole lot of help and support to them ... and fast-track what they do.”
Mr Symons said the timing was right for Kennards to make its move into the Pilbara, with business costs easing.
“We still see lots of business here and lots of opportunity and we’re not burdened by some of the bigger costs which have had to be carried by others,” he said.
Mr Symons said it was too early to make a call as to whether there would be further expansion in the Pilbara, but it was a possibility.
The company will continue Lion Hire’s commitment to sponsoring local sporting teams and community organisations.
Kennards Hire WA and NT general manager Tony Symons.