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Safety Bucks award winners and three AE Smith teams show their “way” to safety

13 Apr 2012
The AE Smith Mackay office is continuing a company-wide policy of ‘practicing what they preach’, with their recent move into a new, purpose-built office and workshop that brings to life a host of eco friendly features. 

General Manager, Mike Mulherin says the new office was designed and built with a focus on eco-friendly and energy-efficient technology.

“After 15 years in our former, rented premises, it is really exciting for the whole team to now be moving into a building that reflects the very things we talk to our clients and customers about every day,” Mike said.

Amongst a raft of eco features, the open-plan office includes the latest in motion detection to control lighting; a video conferencing system to assist with reducing offsite and interstate meetings; and the latest in building maintenance system to control the efficiency of the air conditioning system.

AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel, others from across AE Smith and selected suppliers and customers flew in to be with the local team for the office’s ‘grand opening’ and joined Member for Mackay, Tim Mulherin who officially opened the building.

Andrew spoke of AE Smith’s vision for the region and the expanding services being offered as a part of the move.

“The new premises will ensure AE Smith Mackay can continue to deliver on the excellence for which they have become known and continue to enhance the national delivery capabilities of AE Smith around the country,” added Andrew.

The opening of the new building didn’t go unnoticed by the local media in Mackay either with the Daily Mercury printing a five page feature on 13 April reporting:

Locally-based staff: New [Mackay] building opening shows the faith of business in region

In their new building amid Paget’s bustling industrial landscape, AE Smith Mackay’s staff of 70 is a constant hive of activity.

Mackay general manager Mike Mulherin is proud of the contribution AE Smith has made to the growth and development of the region in recent decades.

“AE Smith primarily specialises in commercial projects and developments. Locally, there aren’t too many landmark buildings we haven’t worked on,” he said.

When you enter through the doors of the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Caneland Central, the Mackay Base Hospital, the Mater Hospital or apartment complexes such as Rivage, and step out of the tropical heat to feel the rush of air conditioned bliss, you have AE Smith to thank.

“AE Smith has a fully-functioning operation based locally. We don’t rely on subcontractors at all for any of our work. This is of immense benefit when completing local projects as all of our work from design to engineering is completed by local staff, right here in Paget,” Mr Mulherin said.

“We have 70 staff including 16 apprentices – all employed from the Mackay region. AE Smith has a strong and stable workforce, which is a reflection of the ethics and professionalism of our entire operation.”

With 26 cars on the road, AE Smith holds a visible presence in the region’s commercial and industrial sector.

Mr Mulherin believed Mackay’s commercial and industrial precinct was continuing to gain momentum and he was pleased and proud to be at the helm of a locally based company, able to provide service and solutions that would help propel the future of the industrial sector.

AE Smith offers services for commercial projects from small-scale to large apartment, commercial or retail complexes, and is backed by a nationwide company.