Kotzur seals big deal with 15 new jobs for Walla

UP to 15 new jobs will be created at a Walla engineering business after it landed a multimillion-dollar contract to assist with the construction of an export grain terminal south of Sydney.

Kotzur Pty Ltd will partner with West Australian design and construction firm Kerman Contracting Pty Ltd for the deal worth $67 million.

Work allocated to Kotzur will account for about 40 per cent of the project.

The Walla factory will be responsible for the main grain storage and handling component of the terminal at Port Kembla, excluding footings and electricals.

“We are thrilled,” Kotzur managing director Andrew Kotzur said.

“Being awarded this project has necessitated further investment in our business, including equipment and additional factory space.

“It will also result in an increased flow of work onto our suppliers, sub-contract fabricators, transport companies and other service providers.

“The majority of these are located right here in the Greater Hume Shire and the Albury-Wodonga area.”

Up to 15 new staff will be employed in manufacturing, administration, engineering and project management roles.

“It’s about a 20 per cent increase in our workforce and a number of people have already started,” Mr Kotzur said.

Kotzur will be in charge of design, supply and installing the storage and handling system that can hold 100,000 tonnes of wheat.

The grain will be received by rail and road, which will both form part of the development.

Kotzur will also be responsible for structures such as elevator towers, walkways and gantries.

Mr Kotzur said while it was not part of the business’ supply scope, they would provide engineering and design assistance with the concrete and civil works and the railway intake and conveying system.

Construction work is expected to start mid-July and is estimated to be completed by October next year.