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Solid Engineering have been supporting local mines for the past 8 years, recently completing a huge project in October for a Hunter Valley mine.

Something we are extremely proud of here in the Hunter Valley is the support our local mines give local businesses and vice versa. These relationships are at the heart of our region, helping to create a sustainable and positive future for our businesses and community.

Solid Engineering is a locally owned and operated engineering business based in Kurri Kurri providing services to mining, rail, civil, infrastructure and construction industries. With a team of around 30 employees, they provide a wide range of services to a newly diversified customer base.

Most recently, Solid Engineering in Kurri Kurri completed an 8-10 week major overhaul project for a Yancoal mine in the Hunter Valley.

The contract included design and drafting of upgraded floor plates; then manufacture, protective coatings and delivery of floor plates and gantry beams; and finally, the removal of the old/existing floor plates and beams followed by the install of the new components.

The result? “On time, on budget and no injuries or incidents,” said Solid Engineering’s General Manager & Director, Brad Kebblewhite.

This was an important undertaking for Yancoal, which ensures the safety of its workers through prioritising ongoing essential maintenance and upgrades across its various sites.

Solid Engineering worked hand in hand with the client right from the very beginning of the project to ensure the works were successfully carried out in the safest possible way, with no injuries or incidents.

“From developing job specific safe work method statements to participating in risk assessment to working with our suppliers to use the safest products, materials and tools on the job – we found many things we could do to help keep everyone safe and meet the project safety goals,” said Brad.

The team effort was headed up by Solid Engineering Project Manager, Todd Atchison; and supported by Workshop Manager and Director, Trevor Reynolds; Production Manager, Danny Brady; Business Admin, Brooke Peters and General Manager & Director, Brad Kebblewhite.

“From tendering, to preworks and mobilisation, right throughout execution and into close-out, every single person within our team touched this project at some point and we say thank you,” Brad said.

“Some of our key suppliers on this job that helped us with new and innovative ways to carry out these works include companies like Allweld, Southern Steel and Rigby Jones.”

The Hunter Valley has quite a large population and as such we need jobs for everybody. It’s important the large mining companies engage local companies to carry out these kinds of projects to keep the local economy stimulated.

Solid Engineering has been growing and diversifying its business since their start up in 2013 now with a focus on growing their site team and work on projects in the Hunter Valley.

“We are experienced in working to the highest levels of safety and quality and can demonstrate that by the mining clients we have been working for over the years,” said Brad.

“We are also very agile and can be very reactive due to the size and structure of our business.”

And the works are not over for Solid Engineering at this local site. The project was completed last week, but due to the success of the last stage completed, there is another stage of works they have been asked to carry out. It’s great to see local business growth in the Hunter – a solid effort!

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