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Hunter Valley based company, Morgan Engineering, is expanding its operations into Gunnedah, bringing new jobs, and around-the-clock support for local mines.

Having successfully launched award-winning and inclusive apprenticeship programs (including those for mature age and female apprentices) at their Singleton facility, the team are keen to provide the same opportunities to foster talent in Gunnedah.

Spearheaded by Morgan Engineering General Manager, Jeremy Brett and Operations Manager, Matthew Morgan, the decision to make the move to Gunnedah is backed by their commitment to supporting local.

“We’re looking to hire four new apprentices by the end of the year, with roles on offer for both onsite machinists and line borers,” Jeremy said.

In addition to supporting new talent, they will further strengthen the local job market, with roles for experienced machinists and line borers, as well as those who are looking to learn a new trade.

“We want to attract the right people, retain the right people, and develop the right people, and we also want to be pioneers for change within our industry. We’ve absolutely nailed it with our Singleton team, and we’re keen to introduce some new faces to the crew.” Jeremy said.

By bringing their state-of-the-art equipment and processes to Gunnedah, Morgan Engineering is now able to meet the needs of local mine sites, providing rapid onsite machining and line boring support around the clock. Their state-of-the-art line boring trucks are fully equipped for machining parts back to OEM specifications, ensuring QA standards are maintained. They will also support the local agricultural industry, with liquid nitrogen and other key services.

“We’ve got quite a few customers in the Gunnedah Region who were looking for the same level of support for their local sites that they have enjoyed in the Hunter Valley, so we’d been scouting locations for a few months already. We knew there was a need, and we had the capability, so it just made sense to make it happen, but it’s obviously a big undertaking, and there was a lot of work to be done behind the scenes to ensure we did it strategically,” Matthew said.

“Having done the groundwork already meant that once we made that final decision, things moved really quickly. Everyone chipped in, and within three weeks, we’d secured the perfect site for our depot. Two weeks later, our first team member relocated from Singleton to Gunnedah. We don’t mess around!”

The new depot will form a home base for the team, and their onsite support trucks, as well as offering liquid nitrogen and other products and services. There is also opportunity for expansion into the future.

They will also bring some of their existing team to Gunnedah, with a dedicated Customer Support Manager, Jeremy Mervin being the first to make the move.

“We’ve signed a five-year lease, with one truck up there already, and another one due in mid-2024. Given the speed of which things have moved so far, and the number of people reaching out for our services, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up expanding our Gunnedah operations with a machine shop soon too,” Jeremy said.

Having won awards for their commitment to supporting their local community in the Hunter Valley, the team are keen to continue that in Gunnedah.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting some new faces, and to get involved in local life,” Jeremy said.

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