Boat builder sets course for new office opening celebration
HERVEY Bay boat builder BtB Marine will officially open its new Urangan office this Friday as it celebrates five years in business.
The business has built its success on the back of international exports across the Pacific region and sales in resource-heavy centres such as Gladstone.
This Friday's opening will showcase its latest project, a 12.8m landing craft being built for a client in the Solomon Islands.
The boat is the sixth one from BtB Marine that will eventually make its way to the Solomon Islands.
General manager Chris Hough said each one took about 1500 man hours to build.
Mr Hough praised the level of skilled workers in Hervey Bay.
"We've got a whole bunch of experts here that have come from the Bay," he said.
The company has also exported its boat-building kits to Vanuatu and previously sent a team of workers to Papua New Guinea.
Its boats have been used in marine construction, monitoring marine environments and aid projects.
Btb Marine director Eva Hough said the company was now looking to gain clients in areas such as Darwin as the mining boom slowed down.
She said the company was extremely pleased to be able to sell its products across the world only five years after it first began operation.
The business's Australian customer base spreads from New South Wales to mining centres and includes smaller local jobs.
Mrs Hough said Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell would help to officially open their new location, in Driftwood Crt in Urangan, on Friday afternoon.
She said a celebration would then be held with suppliers and clients.