Otago Daily Times

Brad­ken to close down all NZ op­er­a­tions

- JA­COB MCSWEENY Business · New Zealand · Christchurch · Dunedin · Bradken · KiwiRail · Otago · Hillside Engineering

BRAD­KEN has con­firmed it will close all of its New Zealand busi­ness be­fore the end of the year.

The Aus­tralian com­pany em­ployed 37 work­ers at the Hill­side Rd foundry it pur­chased off Ki­wiRail in 2012.

The com­pany also has two sales staff in Christchur­ch.

Brad­ken is clos­ing the foundry be­cause it wants to spe­cialise in min­ing equip­ment and move away from be­ing in­volved in in­dus­trial mar­kets.

A spokes­woman for the com­pany said some em­ploy­ees had found new work and ‘‘we have sup­ported them to take up these new roles’’.

‘‘We will con­tinue to sup­port the re­main­ing em­ploy­ees mak­ing plans for their fu­ture as we con­tinue to meet our fi­nal cus­tomer or­ders.’’

Brad­ken had spo­ken to a num­ber of par­ties about sell­ing its as­sets or the busi­ness as a whole, but noth­ing came of the talks.

When asked if it could buy back the Brad­ken foundry, Ki­wiRail said it was not in­ter­ested.

The Brad­ken spokes­woman said the com­pany hoped to wrap up op­er­a­tions by the end of the year.

‘‘As al­ways, our pri­or­ity is on do­ing this safely and look­ing af­ter our peo­ple.’’

The com­pany thanked its Dunedin work­ers for their ap­proach to work as the com­pany was phased out.

When it was first an­nounced Brad­ken was con­sid­er­ing clos­ing its foundry, a Dunedin worker told the Otago Daily Times he was con­cerned by the high work­load they would need to get through be­fore the end of the year.

In 2012, Ki­wiRail put the Hill­side En­gi­neer­ing Group on the mar­ket, Brad­ken buy­ing part of it.

Last year, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would pump $20 mil­lion into the Hill­side work­shops to re­vi­talise them, and a de­tailed de­sign for new con­struc­tion was ex­pected be­fore the end of the year.

 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Shut­ting up shop . . . Brad­ken says it will pack up its New Zealand busi­ness in Hill­side Rd be­fore the end of the year.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Shut­ting up shop . . . Brad­ken says it will pack up its New Zealand busi­ness in Hill­side Rd be­fore the end of the year.

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