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Local firm wins work from far and wide

Monday, 25th August, 2008

Local business Bobos Engineering has ensured its longevity by successfully sourcing major contracts from outside the city.

Owner Nick Bobos was named Businessman of the Year on Friday night and his company is now completing a contract for SA Forestries, which is based in Mount Gambier. 

The contract is for 10 slip-on bulk water tankers, which are used to carry water to fight fires.

Worth over half a million dollars, the contract generated three months' work for six people.

The tanks were designed by Bobos Engineering and manufactured locally using parts purchased from local suppliers.

Bobos' Chief Estimator, Ray Johnston, said they were designed to be operated from inside the vehicle's cabin.

They also feature an overhead spray so in the unlikely event of a truck catching alight, water will be sprayed over the cabin to protect the occupants. 

One of the tanks will be on show at a fire service conference in September. Fire services from across Australia will be there along with one from Canada.

Mr Johnston said the conference could generate more work for the business. 

Nick Bobos said his company was constantly looking for work out of town.

"There's not enough work in Broken Hill... we've been getting outside contracts like this for years," he said. 

He said they had got work from Mildura and surrounds, and more recently from South Australia, and have a number of contracts pending. 

Mr Bobos said in light of the recent sackings at the Perila mines, it was more important than ever to win contracts outside of the city. 

"It would be hard to keep as many people employed if we didn't source as much outside work," he said. 

He said the fact that they had done this already, and had not solely relied on the mines, meant they had enough work for the continued employment of 30 locals.

The success of Nick Bobos and his business was recognised on Friday night when he was named Broken Hill Businessman of the Year at a ceremony at the Entertainment Centre.