MULTINATIONAL company Holcim has shut two manufacturing plants in Ipswich as part of a nationwide cut in staff and facilities.
The Swiss company with outlets in 70 countries announced plans last November to lay off 150 staff and mothball 30 facilities in Australia.
Holcim Australia, previously known as Readymix, employs about 3200 staff and another 1800 contractors and casual workers.
Holcim said it was "responding to softer market conditions nationally by mothballing and closing some sites".
Mothballing, the company said, meant the plants were closed down temporarily until the market picked up.
"In Ipswich we mothballed our Tivoli concrete plant and closed our sand operation, which was coming to the end of its natural economic life and due to close regardless of market conditions," a Holcim spokeswoman said.
"The one employee at our concrete plant has been redeployed and of the seven employees at the sand operation, two were redeployed and five others have taken redundancies.
The one employee at our concrete plant has been redeployed and of the seven employees at the sand operation, two were redeployed and five others have taken redundancies.
"We continue to work on a replacement for our sand operation and will look to reopen our concrete plant when the market picks up again.
"While the softer conditions in south-east Queensland means Holcim must adjust its business to suit, the company remains positive about the long term future."
She said Holcim was continuing with the development of its multi-million-dollar concrete pipe and precast plant at Swanbank.
In 2011, Holcim announced it would invest $75 million building a manufacturing plant in Ipswich's new industrial precinct Swanbank Enterprise Park.
Holcim said the development would deliver 200 jobs during construction and about 140 jobs once it was fully operational.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the two plants closing was bad news but there were lights on the jobs horizon for Ipswich.
"I hate to lose any jobs," he said. "But we're lucky we're fighting strongly because we're also creating jobs like the Holcim jobs at Swanbank. Other communities are losing plants and jobs and not getting anything back."
We're lucky we're fighting strongly because we're also creating jobs like the Holcim jobs at Swanbank.
Extremely MOTIVATED VENDOR offers to you his much LOVED COUNTRY HOME in Summerholm. Sitting on a fantastic 10,000m² block with picturesque mountain views is this...
FIRST HOME / INVESTOR This is the perfect home for you. With schools, shops and the train line at your doorstep this is a conveniently located house, priced to...
This chamber board hi-set property is off to auction and the owner has instructed us to present all offers prior to the auction so you will need to be quick on...
This property is positioned in amongst a high traffic precinct and surrounded by Ipswich & Brisbane Roads, Bundamba Train Station, Bus Transport, Primary &...
* 600m2 under roof on a 809m2 corner block on 2 titles * 3 showrooms, 2 offices and a kitchen * Storage warehouse with 4m x 3.5m roller doors * Selling as vacant...
LESS THAN 12 MONTHS OLD!!!! Enter via the front timber deck to a light and airy 255 square metres new home with flowing living spaces which fit together in the...
This property is absolutely one of a kind! Located on just over 44 acres, you are immersed in complete privacy. This palatial home built in 1991, boasts sandstone...
* Huge iconic 500m2 building on 2700m2 site * Prime Warrego Highway frontage with good access * Exposure to 30,000 approx. vehicles per day * Huge growth...
Situated in the district Fernvale. A rare opportunity to purchase a 7991m2 property nestled in the angulating landscape of Fairney View, only minutes drive from...
THE HOUSE THAT HAS IT ALL!! NO NEED TO GO AWAY FOR A HOLIDAY WHEN ITS RIGHT HERE!!! LIVE THE DREAM EVERY DAY!!!! THIS STUNNING HOME REALLY DOES HAVE IT ALL!!!
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.