Zero Harm

10 Apr 2012

Ostwald Bros Welcomes new COO

Leading Queensland regional civil contractor Ostwald Bros is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Chief Operating Officer, Steve Abson.

In his role, Steve will be responsible for the overall operating activities of the contracting business and will assist the business to capitalise on projected growth in the Queensland construction sector. Ostwald Bros CEO Brendan Ostwald said Steve’s appointment was another significant step for this family-owned business.

“Steve brings more than 25 years’ international and local experience executing major projects in the Resources and Infrastructure sectors and for the last 10 years in Executive Management and Strategic roles with a Tier 1 National Contractor, Abigroup.  Steve will ensure a continued focus on safety, operational excellence and project execution,” Mr Ostwald said.

“In his previous Executive Management roles Steve has successfully diversified business operations across industry Sectors and overseen execution of some of the State’s most significant public and private sector infrastructure projects. Steve’s exceptional leadership skills and ability to establish effective project governance will be an enormous asset to Ostwald Bros as we take on bigger, more complex projects,” he added.

With the capacity to deliver on large scale infrastructure projects, Ostwald Bros is one of the few contractors employed by all four of the major liquefied natural gas proponents constructing major projects in Queensland.

Mr Abson said he was eager to help Ostwald Bros fulfil its potential and create further value for the company.

“Ostwald Bros is regarded as a highly reliable and agile family contracting business that’s going places and it’s extraordinarily well placed to capitalise on the growth opportunities afforded by coal seam gas and mining proponents investing heavily in the Surat, Bowen and Galilee basins. Good opportunities also exist for Ostwald Bros to export its regional project delivery expertise into new sectors and perhaps expand beyond Queensland into other Australian States as the coal seam gas and resources boom spreads,” Mr Abson said.

Mr Abson said he was particularly looking forward to joining a company that shared his passion for safety and invested heavily in developing the skills of its employees.

“Ostwald’s per employee training investment is well above industry averages and at any one time, approximately 25% of its employees are receiving training. This shows in its excellent safety record and the unprecedented interest it’s receiving from people wanting to work for them in the construction industry,” he added.