GWA comes to Prestons

Innovative home fittings company GWA will move to a purpose-built facility Prestons in mid-2018, bringing 70 jobs to Liverpool.

Most of these jobs will be in warehouse and logistics, but the number also includes up to 20 research and development roles.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said it was exciting to see GWA join the range of new businesses offering opportunities to local people.

“It’s great to see the range of roles GWA offers. Around 70 per cent of the workers in Liverpool leave the area for work each day and Council is always keen to see varied and interesting opportunities open up locally,” Mayor Waller said.

“We have more than 14,500 businesses in Liverpool and that number is growing all the time, which means we have more and more opportunities for our local people.”

Site owners Charter Hall had no trouble finding occupants for the development. National Asset Manager and Industrial Project Officer Andrew Simons said Liverpool had a long list of benefits for industrial tenants.

“This Logistics Park is fast becoming one of Sydney's preferred locations for logistics organisations largely due to its proximity to the M5 and M7 motorways, the new Moorebank Intermodal and Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Simons said.

GWA CEO Tim Salt said the company has been working with the University of NSW to improve its products, which are sold under well-known brands Caroma, Dorf and Clark.

“Getting the right house fittings can be the difference between someone staying in their own home or entering assisted living for older people or people with disability,” Mr Salt said.

“UNSW put in a lot of work with the elderly, watching their movements, looking for simple things like the best height for toilets and grab rails, taps and how they turn on and off.

“We’re using the information to come up with a product range that will meet the needs of an ageing population. We want products that will be functional, but look beautiful as well.”

Mr Salt said the new site at Prestons would have research and development labs with two kilns for product testing.