After carefully considering current economic pressures, fuel prices, congestion and increased patronage projections, Custom Coaches is planning to increase capacity by around 50% from its plant in Western Sydney in NSW.
In addition to the orders Custom Coaches NSW already has with Leading Private Operators and State Transit, the local bus manufacturer is planning for additional capacity to meet any extra demands NSW faces.
Custom Coaches CEO, Mark Burgess, stated “This investment in production capacity would see the Custom Coaches workforce expand to around 700, with a potential 150 new jobs created in NSW alone”.
“These additional jobs would include bodybuilders, welders, spray-painters and auto-electricians, as well as a range of new apprenticeships on top of the 50 apprentices we already employ”, Burgess added.
These new jobs at Custom Coaches would further stimulate the NSW job market, with potentially four times more jobs created according to local sub-suppliers with whom these plans have been discussed.
Supporting this manufacturing expansion is a technology drive, with a host of planned capital investments. The first of these investments in computer aided engineering programmes and automated manufacturing equipment has been planned for some time and will be coming online before the year’s end.
“In this uncertain economic climate, with growing social pressures, Custom Coaches has confidence in the future of NSW and has taken the opportunity to invest into the future transport needs of the state and the needs of the people of NSW” Burgess concluded.
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Mark Burgess, Chief Executive Officer
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