Lo­cal com­pany reac­quires fa­cil­ity

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - AUTO TORQUE -

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.”

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