Eric­s­son’s big jobs boost for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Telco gi­ant Eric­s­son’s in­vest­ment in Porirua is not just about broad­band, but about jobs as well.

Kapi-Mana News was given a tour around Eric­s­son’s new $15 mil­lion fa­cil­ity in the for­mer Todd Park com­plex last week.

Plant man­ager Tony Brown said more than half of its work­force were Porirua res­i­dents.

‘‘ We are pro­duc­ing jobs and in­come for fam­i­lies here,’’ he said.

Fi­bre busi­ness gen­eral man­ager John Witkowski said it had ‘‘Ki­wi­fied’’ the Swedish com­pany.

Even the spools the duct­ing wrapped around were made and re­cy­cled lo­cally.

‘‘We have an obli­ga­tion to be part of the com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Witkowski said.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the fa­cil­ity was fan­tas­tic for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s great th­ese are new jobs and not just move­ment from else­where in the coun­try, and we look for­ward to a long and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with Eric­s­son,’’ he said.

The 10,000- square me­tre fa­cil­ity man­u­fac­tures fi­bre op­tic cable duct that will be used in the ul­tra­fast broad­band net­work and ru­ral broad­band ini­tia­tive de­ploy­ments cur­rently be­ing rolled out.

The roll­out is ex­pected to run un­til 2019, but Eric­s­son is look­ing into ex­port­ing duct­ing to Aus­tralia and else­where in the Asi­aPa­cific area.

Mr Witkowski said Eric­s­son se­lected Porirua be­cause of its cen­tral lo­ca­tion, its prox­im­ity to cen­tral gov­ern­ment and be­cause its needs were able to be ac­com­mo­dated at Todd Park.


Duct­ing demo: Pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tor Steve Bed­die showed how the

duct­ing is made.

Job cre­ation: Stephen Chap­pell, left, and Vaughan Mont­gomery are among 30 peo­ple from the Wellington re­gion who have gained jobs at the fac­tory.

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