Expansion adds to region

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: McLanahan's new site at Cameron Park is now considered the Asia Pacific hub for the organisation generating employment for the Hunter Valley population.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: McLanahan's new site at Cameron Park is now considered the Asia Pacific hub for the organisation generating employment for the Hunter Valley population.

McLanahan Corporation has enjoyed an eventful 2018.

Fresh from a nomination and finalist in the upcoming Hunter Manufacturing Awards for its work in marketing and exporting locally produced equipment, the company opened the facility in Cameron Park, New South Wales in August.

The 18,000-square-metre centre dwarfs the company’s three other interstate Australian offices in Perth, Mackay and Newcastle, respectively.

McLanahan started designing the modern, well-optimised and more efficient facility in August 2017.

The team needed enough space and light to engage engineering collaborations using new technologies, with the workshop and lab set up to interact across various disciplines.

Built near the M1  freeway on ramp to offer efficient transport options for heavy freight, the facility now offers larger inventory space and more efficient workflow.

“This enables us  to maximise our investment in component tracking systems and integrated supply chain systems,”  McLanahan sales and marketing director APAC Chris Knowles explained.

“As we grow our business and endeavour to deliver more systems, equipment and services to the global mining community we need to future proof our business.”

McLanahan originated as a family-owned company in Pennsylvania in 1835. The company launched its Australian division as a crusher and feeder-focused original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in Newcastle in 2003 with just five full time staff.

McLanahan’s Australian division has grown considerably since; the Cameron Park facility incorporates 38 staff, including engineering designers, technical services staff and a design draft team.

“It is a significant expansion for McLanahan and is now considered the company’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) hub,” Mr Knowles said.

“We are very proud of our contribution to the local economy. Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region has exceptional talent across both manufacturing and product development.

“We are always looking to collaborate locally to help  deliver better outcomes to our customers.”

McLanahan’s focus on teamwork extends outside of its operations and into its community work, with the company the sponsor of numerous sporting and charity events.

Its recent staff sponsorships include a company receptionist’s quest to compete in a dragon boat championship held in Malaysia and a service technician’s efforts to complete a 100km Blue Mountains hiking challenge, for example.

“McLanahan’s mission statement talks about the value of staff and of course as an extension community is extremely important,”  Mr Knowles said.

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