1 March, 2023
Ahrens finds overflow storage at showground
Locals concerned about an army of silos going-up at the Gilgandra showground, need not worry.
rest-assured that the move is only temporary; with construction,
engineering, rural infrastructure, and mining
services company, Ahrens currently only renting the
space from the Gilgandra Showground Committee in
preparation for their expansion.
With a development application (DA) under review
with Gilgandra Shire Council, Ahrens have future plans
for a new factory on their current site.
They plan to utilise the back-end of their block with
the new factory to take-up a majority of this area, meaning
that all aspects of their operation will then be able to
be taken care of under one roof.
“The new shed will be
about 73 metres long, and 43 metres wide,” local manager,
Andrew Schier said.
“It will encompass four main
divisions, admin and amenities, a welding area, a paint
bay, and a tanking area, all under the one roof.”
The almost $6 million build will increase Ahren’s
production to over double current capacity, and introduce
around 70 new jobs to the area.
Mr Schier said that Ahrens wanted to move the stock
while they were in their quiet period, to save time and
energy once the DA was approved.
“We formed a relationship
with the show society to rent some space off
them for car parking and, because we outgrew this site
pretty quick, we also rented it for storage of field bins
and augers,” he said.
For now however, the Ahrens stock will continue to make Gilgandra showground home.