Local company reacquires facility
WHILE debate has centred on regional economic development and unemployment in the Far North in recent times, one Cairns company is working hard behind the scenes toe ensure that a once-prominent local manufacturing business is reinvigorated to its former glory.
Norship Marine has a long heritage through the Fry family, going back to North Queensland Engineering Agents (NQEA) and Northern Engine Reconditioning Company (NERCO).
NERCO was established by Ray Fry in 1975 and successfully operated for some 30 years before it was sold to Cummins, who then continued to operate the facility.
Recently, with Cummins now looking to move out of the premises, Norship swooped at the opportunity to once again be at the forefront of engine and driveline remanufacturing in Cairns and wider Northern Australia and reacquired the original NERCO facility earlier this year.
”As a long standing local company, Norship sees the reinvigoration of the NERCO facility as part of its commitment to supporting Cairns’ industries and the broader community,” says business development manager Graham Wharton.
“The facility will create opportunities for apprenticeships and traineeships in the near future,” he says.
“The importance of generating jobs, skill and knowledge retention, traineeships and apprenticeships is vital to not only Norship’s future in Cairns but also the Cairns economy and the broader community.”
The new business will operate as ‘Norship Engineering’.
In acquiring the NERCO facility, Norship Engineering also gained the entire collection of engine and driveline remanufacturing equipment to ensure it can deliver the same outstanding service that NERCO was known for.
Norship Engineering will form an important division of the Norship family, which currently operates three shipyards in North Queensland and a facility in Darwin.
“Norship employs approximately 180 people across its sites, and with the addition of Norship Engineering, we will see up to another 40 jobs created in Cairns,” Graham says.
“We have also managed to re-employ some of the highlyexperienced NERCO employees that successfully operated the facility for many years.
“This will ensure that not only can Norship Engineering undertake the work, but it can also be performed with a high level of expertise and quality.
“At Norship, we believe in standing up and owning what we do and working as a partner with our customers to maintain high quality results in a cost- effective and timely manner.”