Fortescue boosts Pilbara jobs with ACE contract

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded a $24 million contract to Australian Ceramics Engineering (ACE), as part of its commitment to supporting jobs in the Pilbara region.

A local Western Australian business, ACE will provide surface management and offsite refurbishment for fixed plant chutes across Fortescue’s operational sites.

ACE’s head office is in Perth, but it has manufacturing facilities in both the Western Australian capital and Port Hedland.

One of the key features to keep the contract local is to complete up to 50 per cent of the offsite repairs at the Port Hedland facility, as well as establishing a purpose-built workshop in Newman, 358 kilometres to the south.

ACE chief executive officer Darren Clinton said the contract would boost the company’s Pilbara-based workforce by 70 per cent and create up to 10 new jobs.

“ACE will spend an estimated $2 to $3 million on infrastructure, facilities and services in the Pilbara over the next three years, thus supporting many local businesses in the delivery of their services,” Clinton said.

Fortescue chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines said this contract showed the company’s continued commitment to supporting local businesses and jobs in the Pilbara.

“From the outset, it was Fortescue’s vision to ensure our communities benefit from our growth and development through employment and business development opportunities,” Gaines said.

“Engaging a West Australian business with facilities in the Pilbara not only provides us with cost-effective, reliable and high-quality services, but also provides a welcome boost to the local asset management sector and flow-on benefits to the region’s economy.”

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