Ericsson’s big jobs boost for Porirua
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.