Well known locally as the Lockwood site, the new facility, on the corner of Edward Street and Huntingdale Road in Oakleigh, incorporates a Centre of Design Excellence for research and development, a premium manufacturing facility, a 200 seat auditorium, a new training centre, function rooms, corporate offices, a trade demonstration area, a state of the art commercial catering facility and new 5,000m2 distribution centre. Almost 90% of the 5.4 hectare site has been redeveloped in this massive undertaking.
“At a time when so much Australian manufacturing is heading off-shore, we are committed to investing in the skills of our local employees and ensuring their future career opportunities,” said Tom Devine, General Manager, Commercial Division (Australia), ASSA ABLOY.
“ASSA ABLOY is determined that the high-end premium security products for which the Lockwood brand is known will continue to be designed and manufactured right here in Melbourne,” he said.
The site is a contemporary Centre of Excellence for the Australian designed Lockwood brand, well known for its market-leading high-end commercial and residential security products, which are part of many landmark buildings such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
A comprehensive landscape design has also been implemented and has resulted in vastly improved street appeal, along with the creation of more than 300 car spaces on site, eliminating parking congestion in the area. The site adds value to the local area and continues to reduce the site’s impact on the locality while reinforcing the company’s presence as a local manufacturer of iconic security products.
“The improvements to the site are astounding” said Stuart Powell, engineer and long time employee. “I have worked at this site for 35 years and the changes the company has made are just fantastic.”
The site includes office and manufacturing space for ASSA ABLOY automatic door manufacturer Besam, which has relocated to this site from Dandenong.
According to Ms Ann Barker MP, State Member for Oakleigh, who is also attending the event, the development is a positive step for the area because of the continuing employment opportunities, the investment in the local area and the sustainability of the development.
“The company has already earned its place as a good corporate citizen, winning past Monash business awards,” said Ms Barker. “The Ion Exchange Water Treatment plant, for example, will remain a feature of the new development.”
According to Devine, environmentally friendly initiatives are a major priority of the company worldwide.
“ASSA ABLOY is a growth company and its share-holders demand it is a green company,” Devine says. “This is a significant investment in the future of manufacturing and R&D in Oakleigh.”
“We have worked hard to vastly improve the site and the new centre adheres to the strictest environmental standards”, he said.
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