The team, the facilities and the projects
We recently sat down with Ivan Berry, McElligott’s Tasmania General Manager to discuss his career, the Tasmanian facilities and some of the projects that he and his team have been working on. Our Tasmanian operation is home to our largest yard facility and the team there have played an integral role in a number of large projects not only in their own state but throughout Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales as well.
The General Manager:
Ivan Berry, McElligott’s Tasmanian General Manager has been working in the protective coatings industry for over 25 years, 13 of which he has spent with McElligotts. Originally starting out at our Queensland facilities in Mackay, Ivan relocated to Tasmania to take up the position of General Manager. His day-to-day activities range greatly as his team can consist of anywhere from 15-25 others depending on the current workload. His responsibilities include coordinating the crew, site visits, estimating, coordination of the jobs and project management. He is also joined by an experienced supervisor who assists him in organising the equipment and materials as well as other on-the-ground tasks.
McElligott’s Tasmanian facilities boast our largest yard facilities with capacity to handle a few thousand square meters of steel, all under shelter as well as the ability to push up to 120 tonnes of structural steel through the workshop at a time. One of the most unique elements of the Tasmanian yard is that it has rail running all the way through it. This allows for structural steel to be pushed through on trolley system (as opposed to an overhead crane), from the blasting bay through to one of several painting bays and so on.
As far as efficiency and recycling go, the Tassie facility uses electric compressors rather than diesel which are known to be a more efficient option. They also have a large blast bay that recycles and reuses the steel grits to keep abrasive costs down while also contributing to McElligott’s sustainability efforts.
In addition to our yard facilities, the Tasmanian operation is also well equipped to handle on-site work with an experienced team that has access to industry leading equipment and technology for both automated and manual blasting and painting.
The Tasmanian team work on a number of large projects throughout Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria. Some of the most notable projects of recent years include the Bridge of Remembrance in Hobart, an impressive pedestrian bridge, as well as the Darlington Bridge refurbishment project in South Australia and a large rail upgrade project in Victoria.
We continue to work alongside Tasmania’s wind farms as well as Hydro Tasmania and Vic Roads and have just finished a large penstock project this past Summer. Our close relationship with steel fabrication company Haywards ensures that we have a constant flow of structural steel and heavy engineering projects to keep the Tasmanian team busy!
With a focus on renewable energy come out of the bushfires, we can see more wind tower projects coming in the future. We have a good relationship with the fabricator who is making the towers, and we’ve invested in these facilities to ensure that we are well placed to handle this work.
We also continue to work alongside Hydro Tasmania as they roll out heavy upgrades on a lot of their equipment. Every year they complete a station upgrade which includes work on the penstocks, ensuring that these assets are here for the next generation to come.
Due to these investments in renewable energy sources, the future for McElligotts in Tasmania remains bright as far as protective coatings and heavy engineering goes.