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Three local contractors win tender for metal mine machinery

Fortescue Metals Group Port Hedland
Fortescue Metals Group Port Hedland

A national iron ore company has handed three bidders a major service contract to revamp its Western Australian machinery.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) recently awarded its major component overhaul and replacement services contract to Force Equipment, WesTrac and Komatsu.

The $35 million deal involves maintaining Fortescue’s heavy mobile equipment in Port Hedland, saving FMG the cost of transporting vehicles and machinery 3200 km to Perth and back for repair work.

The contract win is expected to create 17 full time local jobs.

Force Equipment is hiring heavy diesel fitters, an estimator planner and administration assistant. Apply here: trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/v2/searchResults?org=EMECOGROUP&cws=41

WesTrac is hiring a parts supervisor, field service auto electrician, drill fitters, plant mechanic and field service plant mechanic. Apply here: careers.westrac.com.au/cw/en/search/?search-keyword=Port+Hedland&job-mail-subscribe-email=&g-recaptcha-response=&job-mail-subscribe-privacy=agree

Komatsu is hiring a field service technician. Apply here: livehire.com/careers/komatsu/job/8HKQ3/0ZPJOX2BND/field-service-technician

“Fortescue is committed to creating economic opportunities in the Pilbara through engagement with regionally based businesses and supporting local jobs,” FMG chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said in a public statement. “Basing the maintenance of our heaving mobile equipment in Port Hedland is a very practical, common sense approach that has significant benefits for our community.”

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco congratulated the local businesses for winning the contract.

“Our focus as a town has been on ensuring job creation first and foremost benefits the future prospects of locals, and particularly our young people,” he said.

Force Equipment, Westrac and Komatsu have collectively spent $15 million per year on local suppliers and invested more than $20 million in local infrastructure and purpose-built facilities.

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