300 jobs up for grabs as Volvo plans $30m HQ at Oxley
AUTOMOTIVE giant Volvo's plans to spend $30 million on a new national headquarters at Wacol comes as good news for job seekers.
Volvo Group Australia said the 32,500 sqm facility at the Metroplex Westgate business park would also include a truck dealership, requiring the relocation of about 320 employees.
The construction phase was expected to create about 300 jobs.
A further 550 employees will continue to work at Volvo Group Australia's five other sites at Wacol.
Volvo Group president and chief executive officer Martin Lundstedt flew into Wacol to help turn the first sod on the project, as well as to meet Volvo Group Australia's executive management teams, customers and workers at the company's nearby assembly plant.
The assembly plant, which employs workers of more than 30 different nationalities, was responsible for more than 2000 Volvo and Mack truck registrations in 2015.
Mr Lundstedt said Volvo had a "very bright future" in the western corridor.
"Volvo has been building trucks in Brisbane for more than 40 years and has a very bright future here," he said.
"Wacol is the largest truck assembly plant in Australia and its dedicated workforce has enabled Volvo Group Australia to become the largest truck-builder in the country.
"Australia is highly valued by Volvo trucks and our investment will build on the tremendous success we have enjoyed here in recent years."
The new headquarters and dealership are expected to open in late 2017.