$4.5m park boost
By Kate Wilson
BERNIE Ostermeyer is the sort of tenant anyone would be happy to have - the head of a Brisbane company is bringing more than $4.5 million in business with him when he moves to the Bundaberg Technology Park early next year.
As the manufacturer of eight to 100 tonne side-tipping trailers, transport will not be a problem for Mr Ostermeyer when he packs up his company Azmeb Global Trailers and moves it to Bundaberg.
The businessman said that he was attracted to the technology park site as it had ample space to accommodate his planned expansion.
"The park has plenty of room for us to be able to expand," Mr Ostermeyer said.
"At the moment we have 16 workers, but we are unable to build the larger trailers here - which is what we plan to do in Bundaberg."
Mr Ostermeyer hopes to employ 10 local workers initially and use sub-contractors to keep up with his expansion plans.
"If I can get good workers, time will tell how many I will need," he said.
"My idea is to send kit forms of the trailers to Western Australia, which would be a completely new market for me."
Azmeb currently manufactures 60 side-tipping trailers, which are capable of holding up to 100 tonnes of mining resources, each year.
THE trailers are exported to Africa, China and Indonesia and used in mines throughout Queensland.
"With more space, more staff and more machinery we can pick up the numbers and take on larger orders," Mr Ostermeyer said.
"We only do trailers at the moment, but with more space, maybe we can look at diversifying."
Bundaberg Technology Park general manager David Moreny said the park was also looking to expand, and attracting big business to Bundaberg was part of the process.
"The site today is in full use, but we have 22ha of land in total and we are only using six at the moment," Mr Moreny said.
"This is a good thing for the community - we are setting up a long-term business here at the park and developing this cluster of manufacturing businesses."