Mining Equipment Maintenance celebrates a year back in business

Central Queensland’s Mining Equipment Maintenance has celebrated its first year after founder Paul Waardyk returned to ownership of the business.

The Morning Bulletin reports that the Rockhampton-based company had seen a return to an emphasis on quality in the year, according to draftsman Drew Wickman.

"Business is in a downturn, although I think people did get a bit spoilt when it was boom time and work was everywhere, that was a different time," Wickman told The Bulletin.

"If you don't lose sight of that mission, that is to do everything to the highest quality, I think that will get you through."

Waardyk sold MEM about seven years ago, though returned to ownership in September last year with the business in administrationThe company axed 90 jobs in Rockhampton and 10 in Mackay last July. Waardyk vowed to return the business to a focus on medium vehicles and fabrication.

Wickman said that the returned owner had brought back a realisation of the importance of quality service, and that there were business opportunities with new projects including in the Galilee Basin.

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