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Prime Mover Magazine  /  February 6, 2019

The first stage of the planned works anticipated as part of an ambitious expansion for commercial vehicle manufacturer, Paccar, has recently taken place at a groundbreaking ceremony at its Bayswater site in southeast Melbourne.

A 1,500 metre factory extension that includes a new onsite warehouse and incorporates improved layouts and upgraded facilities will be part of a planned three year expansion program.

Completion of the project in 2021 is set to coincide with Paccar’s 50th year of manufacturing in Australia.

The facility currently produces up to 15 Kenworth prime movers a day. In 2018 it also commenced assembling DAF trucks locally.

Present at the ceremony was Craig Membrey from Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire, Daniel Crawford General Manager of Hallam & Bayswater Truck Centres, Paccar Australia Managing Director Andrew Hadjikakou, Paccar Australia Operations Manager Tom Cooper and Paccar Australia operations Project Manager Graeme Clementson.

In August last year the company announced its plans to double the size of its facilities.

Hadjikakou said the investment for the company’s more than 1200 employees meant a vote of confidence in their abilities and a commitment to their future.

“We will be able to build more trucks with higher levels of quality and even better safety,” he said.

“One thing is certain, investment in the plant, equipment and training to make this day possible will impact our future in many ways we cannot yet imagine,” said Hadjikakou.

The ground-breaking ceremony took place on Friday 25 January.

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