Gunnedah-based GBP Cranes is a large and growing regional business and will further expand its operations in Narrabri Shire.

GBP Cranes has bought Francis Street business Narrabri Cranes and is looking forward to the progress of the shire.

“We see Narrabri Shire as having an incredible future and we will be part of the growth,” said GBP general manager Marc Grogan.

The acquisition of Narrabri Cranes is another step in the development journey of GBP Cranes, which has been established in the North West for more than 40 years.

“We have increased our workforce by 20 per cent to 40 employees in the past 18 months,” said Mr Grogan.

“And we anticipate more growth to come.”

GBP Cranes’ inventory covers the spectrum of cranes for all lifting and haulage tasks – 24 cranes and 23 trucks.

Historically the business has already been working in the Narrabri Shire for several years.

GBP Cranes is engaged with many businesses in Narrabri Shire, a long established supplier of heavy lifting services to major organisations including coal mines, ranging down to smaller industrial lifting tasks, and is tendering for the Inland Rail project. The company’s crane capacity ranges from 15 tonnes to 250 tonnes.

Mr Grogan said GBP Cranes sees an exciting growth trajectory for Narrabri Shire.

Narrabri is developing its Northern NSW Inland Port intermodal hub and Santos has been given the go ahead for the $3.6 billion Narrabri gas project,” he said.

“Narrabri is on the brink of a boom such as it has never seen before, in our opinion. There will be great opportunities for new business and great employment prospects. We will be looking at further growth for GBP Cranes in Narrabri.”

And Mr Grogan is optimistic about prospects for more regional development generally as city-based businesses see the opportunities that country centres offer in lower cost business operations, land and a rural lifestyle.

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