Cooling solutions supplier Coxons Group is investing more than $1 million to expand its Rockhampton facilities.
The upgrades will include a 400sqm washdown and strip bay, with additional engineering and fabrication facilities, while a new sandblast, painting and storage facility is to be constructed on an adjacent block.
The company said the Rockhampton expansions were still in the approvals stage, with completion anticipated mid-2021.
“Coxons Group is investing over a million dollars in the Rockhampton expansion,” Coxons Group managing director Joel Heazlewood said.
“This reflects our confidence in Rockhampton as an industry hub servicing the Bowen Basin and Galilee Basin.
“Local projects like the Rockhampton Ring Road will put Coxons Group in an ideal location to access major transport routes.”
Coxons Group Australia supplies, repairs and overhauls radiators and cooling components for transport, rail, power generation and other industry sectors.
It began as a family-owned business in Rockhampton and now includes facilities in Townsville and Newcastle.
And a new warehouse and group head office is set to be opened in Brisbane by the end of the year.
Mr Heazlewood said the new capital city location would improve the company’s ability to maintain customer relationships and provide quality service to major clients.
“Not only will our Brisbane office give our sales team a central point to coordinate strategic efforts, it will also provide our logistics team with a centralised storage location for parts – including our successful exchange unit program,” he said.
“In the very near future, we will house our own design and drafting team in the Brisbane office, as well as planning, safety and administration functions.”
The group’s growth is reflected in its plans to bring on 10-15 full-time-equivalent positions in the next 12 months.
To lead Coxons through the next stage of growth, Brad Shaw has commenced as interim chief executive officer.
An engineer by trade, Mr Shaw is backed by 25 years’ experience in the resources industry, working in a number of senior executive and board roles for companies including Ausenco and WorleyParsons.
Coxons also welcomed Mark Ostwald as the national sales manager in October.
Mr Ostwald joins Coxons from Chevron/Puma Energy and previously Shell, where he held roles in sales and marketing and gained significant experience supplying to the mining sector.
Coxons Group leadership team members Mark Ostwald (national sales manager, Brad Shaw (interim CEO), Joel Heazlewood (managing director), Cameron Heazlewood (Rockhampton branch manager), and Geoff Gal (group HSEQ manager).