Move my business to the Gold Coast? No way.
KAPTEN Boats and Collars owner Pat Jones has resisted temptation to move his business to the Gold Coast, choosing instead to relocate to much larger industrial premises in Nambour.
The family-owned and operated business makes a boat safety and stability product for tinnies, stable mono-tri hull aluminium plated boats up to 6.1m long.
The unique design of the Boat Collar, as well as the WAVERIDER boats, have been so popular in the last few years that the business grew too big for its Price St location. It is now on the corner of Colless Lne and 58 Arundell Ave.
Mr Jones said he was tempted to move to the Gold Coast when he was offered support and financial assistance if he decided to join the large marine industry there.
"But we wanted to stay close to our families on the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"Plus we'd prefer to help the Sunny Coast increase its marine industry. We also love the town of Nambour, being just a quick detour off the Bruce Hwy, perfect for customers travelling from afar."
Mr Jones said finding a bigger, suitable shed near Nambour was difficult.
"We need space to store several finished boats on trailers, with room to build several others, so this new workshop is ideal with all its yard space."
The five-bay shed, with separate office, is on half an acre, so Mr Jones was happy with the size of the location, but not the access.
"Just getting off Arundell Ave is difficult and potentially dangerous when you're towing a seven-metre trailer."
He took his concerns to councillor Greg Rogerson.
Eager to help the business stay in Nambour, Mr Rogerson had the site examined and has agreed to put bitumen over the gravel at the Colless Lane entrance, and widen the curb channelling along Arundell Ave to allow semi-trailer trucks, and cars towing large boats, direct and easy access off the busy road.
"Our local council has been fantastic," Mr Jones said. "They've been very helpful and supportive in promising to make this workshop suitable for us."
The business' expansion also means more staff will be needed in both the office and workshop to join Mr Jones' wife Megan and daughter Nyomi.
"There is huge potential with this business and it's not hard to see that we will need a crew of 10 or more in the near future to help construct WAVERIDER boats and assemble or fit the collars."
NEED A JOB?
Do you have aluminium welding experience? Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5441 3636.
The business is also seeking office staff.