JOBS SECURE: Maryborough’s Downer EDI factory will share a $512m contract with Bombardier that was awarded by Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority.
JOBS SECURE: Maryborough’s Downer EDI factory will share a $512m contract with Bombardier that was awarded by Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority. Valerie Horton

M’boro’s Downer factory shares in $512m contract

HUNDREDS of jobs at Maryborough's Downer EDI have been further cemented after it was announced the company had been awarded a share in contracts worth about $512 million by Western Australia's Public Transport Authority.

Downer EDI will carry out the supply of 10 x 3 car B Series units and maintenance services on all A and B series commuter fleets in partnership with Bombardier.

The new B Series units will be manufactured at the Maryborough factory and will be delivered to the PTA by December 2020.

The chief executive officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said the joint venture had provided services to the West Australian PTA for 25 years.

"These new contracts highlight Downer's complete service offering and our ability to deliver value for our customers," Mr Fenn said.

The news comes after it was announced in May that the Maryborough plant would share in a $400 million maintenance contract which would secure the jobs of the 200 workers at the factory for seven years.

The contract was split between Downer and UGL in Townsville, with the Maryborough factory to receive about half the $400 million package.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the new contract was a huge boost for Downer.

He said it showed the company now had the confidence to go for new contracts.

"There's more work coming in that will secure the factory for a long time.

"This is good news."

Mr Saunders said the new contract was a sign that Maryborough had turned a corner.

"Maryborough is back," he said.


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