GASES and engineering company BOC services 95% of Gladstone without people realising it, which makes a $3.7 million facility upgrade a real asset to the town.
From the bubbles in your post-mix soft drinks, to the helium gas in party balloons, medical oxygen for doctors and hospitals, nitrogen for tyres and dry ice for camping - there's a chance you've used one of the above products.
Monday's official launch showed off the company's Gas and Gear retail outlet in Red Rover Rd, the operations centre and warehouse storage facilities that will meet growing customer demand.
BOC's South Pacific managing director Colin Isaac said the launch was a significant milestone.
"This has to be one of the hot spots around Australia in terms of economic achievement now and into the future and now this would have to be one of our premier sites," he said.
"The upgrade has been executed to maintain security of gas and equipment supply to the LNG mega projects and to service the greater Gladstone community, which is experiencing strong economic growth through manufacturing, construction, mining and other sectors."
He said BOC had significantly expanded the warehousing space to store high turnover safety and welding equipment, as well as adding more office space and new work stations.
The upgrade also improved access to the gas yard to accommodate volume growth in cylinders and gas packs into the future, helping BOC to meet its commitments to Curtis Island and other customers.
- Began as CIG in 1969
- Relocated to Red Rover Rd in 1982
- Upgrades in 2009
- Current upgrades began last year