Boeing breaks ground on new production facility in Toowoomba

Boeing breaks ground on new production facility in Toowoomba
Boeing Defence Australia managing director Amy List, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, and Wagner Corporation director Denis Wagner turned the sod for the new Ghost Bat production facility at the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct in Toowoomba. (Image: Christina Callaghan – Adverti Agency)

The $550 million Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct by Wagner Corporation is taking off as a global hub for advanced manufacturing, marked by the recent ground-breaking ceremony for the new Boeing production facility in Toowoomba, located west of Brisbane.

On 26 March 2024, the sod was turned on the 9,000-square-metre facility poised to anchor the aerospace and defence precinct. Here, Boeing is set to manufacture its uncrewed MQ-28 Ghost Bat aircraft, catapulting the region onto the world stage and unlocking global opportunities in the sector.

It is reportedly the first time in more than 50 years that a military combat aircraft has been designed, developed and manufactured in Australia.

John Wagner, chairman at Wagner Corporation – who was joined by Scott Carpendale, vice president of Boeing Global Services – Government Services Asia Pacific region, and Queensland Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick at the ceremony – said the potential ability to co-locate alongside suppliers attracted Boeing to Wellcamp Business Park.

“We have world-class supply chain operators already located onsite, with construction of this new facility set to be a catalyst for significant further investment from companies wanting to be part of this growth sector,” said Wagner.

“It has already attracted substantial investment from state and federal governments, and will likely bring further investment from higher education, small-to-medium enterprises and start-up companies looking to co-locate and collaborate.

“This will cement Toowoomba and Wellcamp Business Park as a nucleus for aerospace and defence advanced manufacturing, creating global export opportunities for Australia’s supply chain.”

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The construction phase is anticipated to employ over 200 people directly and hundreds more indirectly, with completion slated for 2025. Once operational, the facility is estimated to employ a skilled workforce of 100 employees.

Wagner said the development of advanced manufacturing capabilities in Queensland would create new, highly-skilled jobs, local supply opportunities and defence industry stimulus.

“The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct, anchored by Boeing’s facility, will introduce new industries and technologies such as advanced robotics, creating new capabilities and employment opportunities that benefit Toowoomba, Queensland and Australia as a whole,” he said.

“The opportunity to be part of revolutionary development and manufacturing will draw some of the brightest minds and recognised experts to our region.”

The Aerospace and Defence Precinct forms part of Wagner Corporation’s 430-hectare master planned Wellcamp Business Park, offering high, medium and low impact serviced industrial land.

Collocated with the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, the precinct is set to become one of the most sustainable and energy-efficient hubs globally, boasting capabilities spanning assembly, maintenance, research and development.

“No other business hub can offer what we do, giving Wellcamp Business Park an unbeatable edge and attracting Boeing, Qantas and other international and local companies of all sizes who have chosen to operate here,” said Wagner.

“Locating in the precinct is a strategic decision for businesses wanting to take advantage of its unrivalled connections to transport and logistics with our passenger airport and international air cargo hub, alongside Toowoomba’s continued economic growth.”

As earthworks commence, Wagner Corporation continues its collaboration with Boeing Australia to finalise the production facility’s design and architectural features.

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