GFG Alliance awards materials handling contract to Bis

Whyalla Steelworks, South Australia

Bis has become the single materials handling contractor for GFG Alliance in Whyalla, South Australia, effective today.

This contract will see Bis deliver a range of site services, including steel services, scrap, slag and bulk materials handling and scrap and slag processing.

GFG Alliance’s strategy to maximise the efficiency of its Whyalla-based operations incorporated Liberty Primary Steel and SIMEC Mining businesses, consolidating several materials-handling work packages into one contract.

Liberty Primary Steel acting executive managing director Jason Schell said GFG Alliance was looking forward to the partnership and achieving a sustainable, long-term future with the company.

“This consolidated contract will result in significant cost savings for our business, while providing greater opportunities to optimise Bis’ assets and workforce across multiple work-fronts,” Schell said.

As well as business improvements, the contract will create more jobs in the region, as Bis looks to welcome 80 new employees as part of the expanded scope of works.

Bis chief executive officer Brad Rogers said the announcement demonstrated the strength of Bis’ relationship with the GFG Alliance and its proven record of delivering its customers with efficient solutions.

“I am delighted we have secured this strategically important contract and I look forward to working with GFG Alliance over the coming weeks to ensure a successful contract start up,” Rogers said.

“Bis have been proud to have worked closely with the GFG Alliance team since their acquisition of the Arrium steelworks in July 2017, which effectively secured more than 5500 jobs in the region.”

Bis is celebrating 60 years in Whyalla this year, and is an active member of the community, supporting local initiatives such as the Middleback Arts Centre and Whyalla Unearth Festival.

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