"You can't build relationships if you
are in Perth"
Brett Handyside - North West Manager
DIVERSE engineering group ECM has opened its first regional office in Port Hedland, with the North West team now set to deliver multi-discipline construction and maintenance services across the north of Western Australia.
The North West branch will target the mining and oil and gas industries and will capitalise on the expertise and reputation ECM has developed in the region surrounding Port Hedland through its work for Fortescue Metals Group and the Port Hedland Port Authority.
The North West branch sits under ECM’s Services and Infrastructure (S&I) division, and has capacity to deliver projects, maintenance, shut downs, repairs and servicing as well as ongoing capital works through its Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) and Electrical & Instrumentation (E&I) divisions.
The Port Hedland office is the next step in ECM’s ambitious growth strategy, which aims to galvanize a national foothold in multi-discipline construction services and maintenance across its three business units - EPC, S&I and E&I.
The North West Branch is ECM’s fourth office and it follows two well-established state of the art facilities in Canning Vale and Kwinana and the Brisbane office, which was established in 2012.
ECM’s North West branch will be led by Brett Handyside, who has been with the business for 18 years, having worked on major projects in the North West since 1996.
Mr Handyside and the Port Hedland team will live locally, an important element in ECM’s commitment to the North West.
“You can’t build relationships in the regions if you are in Perth,” Mr Handyside said.
“We want to commit to supporting the community. We don’t just want to feed off it, we want to be part of it.”
ECM will take its competitive nature to the North West, and its values of delivering jobs on time, on budget, to the required quality and, most importantly, delivering jobs safely, will be intrinsic in its operations across the North West.
Safety has been a cornerstone of the business since it was established in 1986, and providing a safe working environment for ECM employees and it’s customers is paramount.
ECM’s exemplary safety record was recognised recently at the National Electrical and Communications Association WA awards after ECM completed in excess of 1 million hours of work on Fortescue Metals Group’s T155 Anderson Point Port Expansion Project and recorded a perfect Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate of zero.
ECM was also honoured with the ‘best’ Large Industrial Project at the National Excellence Awards 2013, which was held in Sydney last month. ECM was presented with the accolade for the Fortescue T155 Anderson Point Port Expansion Project.
ECM’s Manager Industrial Services Brian Keegan said the business preferred to partner with clients from the early stages of a project.
“Partnering with clients from the beginning saves them money, it’s safer and it gets the job done on time.”