A $20 MILLION drive-through trade store was officially unveiled today on the Sunshine Coast, 12 months after the project became shovel ready.
Langs Building Supplies opened its second store in the state which will bring up to 250 local jobs once fully operational.
The trading giant is expected to inject an annual economic contribution of $193m and provide the community with a trade store, bulk billing supplies and on-site manufacturing of roof trusses, wall frames and floor trusses.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson opened the store which will help contribute to reducing the Coast's unemployment figures.
"It is a significant day for the Langs team and one that will also support the continued growth of the region's trades and building sector," Cr Jamieson said.
"It will support local building and construction industry as well as providing great employment opportunities for locals.
"It's the investment shown by companies such as Langs, along with the growth existing in our region, that helps to support positive business confidence.
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"Locals have a great opportunity here as Langs plan to double their existing staff numbers in the next 12-18 months, followed by an additional 50 jobs to come online when the company starts on-site aluminium window frame manufacturing.
"This means real jobs for locals - a great outcome for both Langs and our community."
A decade of planning has culminated in the centre's opening, with the Caloundra-based store doing battle with southern rival Ipswich.
But for Langs general manager David Wuiske, the move here was one full of confidence.
"We had two choices, a site at Ipswich and here, we did our research and thought there was a lot of growth potential here," Mr Wuiske said.
"From the Coast we can easily service the north side of Brisbane and right up which made us very confident.
"The sheet scale of the place is exciting. Bob Lang hasn't built this business by halves."
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