Hillside Engineering Workshops. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The global manufacturing company leasing Hillside's
foundry remains tight-lipped about its operation and planned
Bradken had a five-year agreement with KiwiRail to lease the
foundry at Hillside Engineering Workshops in South Dunedin.
This week, the company's industrial general manager,Matthew
Criss, refused to answer questions from the Otago Daily
Times about when Bradken would move its operation to
Hillside and what it would do with its Tewsley St factory.
Mr Criss - who works at Bradken's head office in Newcastle,
Australia - also refused to confirm how many former Hillside
workers had been employed by Bradken to work in the foundry.
He said there was nothing new to say, other than plans made
public in mid-November last year were ''on track''.
He would not elaborate on that comment.
He said there was no timeline in place for Bradken's plan to
transfer its operations to Hillside.
On November 15 last year, Bradken issued a public statement
announcing its agreement with KiwiRail, which had sought a
buyer for the entire Hillside workshops.
Bradken said the Hillside foundry offered ''increased
capability and capacity''.
''Over time, Bradken will transfer its current operations to
the Hillside site, making for a larger and more capable
business overall. The consolidation of operations on the
Hillside foundry site will provide a broader manufacturing
envelope and skills base, leading to local and export growth
opportunities and in turn, increased job numbers and
security,'' Bradken said.
The company has a 48-year history in Dunedin and about 50
people work at its Tewsley St foundry, which supplies iron
and steel castings.
Internationally, Bradken employs more than 6000 people and
has 34 manufacturing facilities. Almost all its New Zealand
staff are in Dunedin.