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By Max Erikson
Reporter 

Auscrete looks to bolster city economy

 

February 21, 2018



Last week Auscrete Corporation purchased land in the Goldendale industrial park, and the company hopes to start construction on their new facility in the next two months. Auscrete Corporation is a building products manufacturer and of green energy-efficient housing and commercial structures. Auscrete produces lightweight, hybrid concrete insulation walls, and roof panels.

Auscrete President John Sprovieri is excited to get the project going and thinks Goldendale is the absolute best location for his company.

“There are a number of reasons why Goldendale is a great location,” Sprovieri says. “It is centrally located near major highways and railways, there is a potentially good work force here, and the response we got from the city was also very positive.”

Sprovieri says he first came through Goldendale in 1994 when he moved to the United States from Australia via Canada. He holds dual citizenship from the U.S. and Australia and is very familiar with the area. He currently lives in Rufus and hopes to have the factory up and running by August.

“We are looking at 50 good-paying jobs once we are up and running,” Sprovieri says. “And after we complete the buildings in stage two, that number could grow to 150. Plus other jobs will be created by the support and service industries that come with it.”

Sprovieri says they want to hire locally and will be looking for people who have a construction industry background or have experience working with cement and concrete but will also train the right candidates. He says Auscrete is also committed to becoming an active partner in the community.

“Our company believes in supporting local and cultural organizations in town,” Sprovieri says. “We want to be involved with what is happening locally, help with community projects, and be a contributor to the community.”

With the anticipation of high-wage jobs, Sprovieri estimates that Auscrete will put $2 million back into the local economy each year.

“As soon as we can get the plans and the city permits, we will start breaking ground,” Sprovieri says. “We hope to get started very soon and are looking at late March or April to begin construction.”

 

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