Workforce slashed as mining downturn hits hard

Pritab managing director Darren Cardiff.
Pritab managing director Darren Cardiff. Contributed

A TOOWOOMBA construction firm is moving fast to broaden its main client-base in an attempt to ride out a downturn in the mining and coal seam gas sectors.

Pritab, which was started by Darren Cardiff in 2011, initially turned heads in the resource sector with its trailer-mounted mobile camps.

At its peak, the company employed more than 120 people.

However, a slowdown in mining and coal seam gas projects in the Surat Basin and across Queensland has forced the company to reduce its workforce to between 12-15 staff.

But Mr Cardiff said Pritab was far from a spent force.

He said a core group of skilled workers had been retained so that the company could continue to operate and immediately respond when the resource sector recovered.

"We want to be ready when it comes time to ramp up again," he said.

Mr Cardiff said the company was currently exploring industry sectors other than mining.

"We've kept that core group of skilled workers so we can maintain our capabilities and we're looking around at the moment to see where those capabilities can be best used," he said.


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