Business building on a solid win

WHEN Rohan Ackroyd took a risk 13 years ago to start his own heavy engineering and fabrication business, the Terranora man never thought it would one day be recognised as one of the best in the industry.

The Tweed Heads-based business Ackroyd Engineering Services, which does its major works from its factory in Kingston, South Brisbane and has sites across Australia, has been named the Welding Technology Institute of Australia Small Sized Fabricator of the Year 2008.

“The award highlights that we are capable and have the capacity to play with the big boys,” Mr Ackroyd, a boiler-maker by trade, said yesterday.

“It is excellent that the professional work of our staff has been recognised by the industry and our peers; it's a proud moment for all staff.”

Last year the heavy engineering firm which has helped create electricity and water-filtration plants as well as pipes used during the construction of the co-generation plants at Condong and Broadwaters sugar mills, joined forces with Sydney-based mining and fabrication company WDS Limited.

“The business has grown beyond expectation, and being part of WDS and the award will open more opportunities for us,” Mr Ackroyd said.



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