Lion at heart of Ken­nards

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ken­nards Hire WA and NT gen­eral man­ager Tony Sy­mons.

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