Construction begins at new Volgren plant

By: Chris Smith


New South Wales Transport Minister David Campbell has officially begun the construction of Volgren Australia’s latest factory by turning the

New South Wales Transport Minister David Campbell has officially begun the construction of Volgren Australia’s latest factory by turning the first sod at the Newcastle site.

The ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony on March 2, comes less than three months after the NSW Government awarded Volgren the contract to build 150 articulated buses for the State Transit Authority.

Volgren’s managing director, Peter Dale, says the company has already begun hiring employees, with several new staff on hand for the Minister’s official launch.

"This is an exiting opportunity for Newcastle, and will add more than 250 jobs to the local economy," Dale says.

"This world-class facility at the Hunter Industrial Plant in Tomago will be complete and operational by October, when we will be able to move quickly into full production.

"In the meantime, we will have an interim facility up and running next week, and we will produce our first Newcastle-built bus by May," he says.

Campbell says the Government expedited the delivery of 150 articulated buses when it awarded a $112 million contract to Volgren and Volvo in December.

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