Metaland closes its doors
HARD times have and continue to dog businesses across Australia and despite our overall economic health.
Warwick is no exception.
Newly added to the list of those affected by a manufacturing downturn is Metaland, formerly Condamine Steel.
Metaland regional manager for south Queensland Leisa Wahlin said the closure was a carefully considered decision.
"For us it was that the market we are competing in has just shrunk to the point where it was not suitable for us to operate out of the facility anymore," Ms Wahlin said.
Ms Wahlin said the steel distribution industry had hit a tough time and with manufacturing also having a tough time it is flowing on.
"If people aren't manufacturing then we don't have anyone to distribute steel to," she said. "We did hope that the downturn was temporary and that the market would recover but unfortunately it hasn't where we are concerned."
Ms Wahlin said OneSteel, Metaland's parent company, was committed to helping its Warwick team find new employment.
"We explored redeployment opportunities across Queensland with them but because they are set on remaining in Warwick we are working with them to find employment outside of OneSteel," she said.
"They are a great crew and three people that I am sad to see leave our business."
Metaland, on the corner of the Cunningham Hwy and Ogilvie Rd, closed on Friday, April 20, and will finalise outstanding customer orders before officially ceasing trade.
Metaland Toowoomba will continue to operate its delivery service to Warwick on Tuesdays and Fridays.