Empire Industrial Estate

Queensland Forklifts

Empire Expanding


QUEENSLAND Forklifts is investing $2.5 million in a purpose-built warehouse at Empire Industrial Estate.

The Queensland Forklifts deal comes on the back of $36 million in land sales in the past year at the Yatala­ based development.

It is being rolled out by the Stephens Group on a 127ha site, with frontage to Peachey Rd.

Director Tony Stephens said the estate is garnering interest from international groups as larger sites become available.

”We are almost sold out of stage five, which offers 3000sq m lots for small-to ­medium-size businesses looking to design and con­struct their own office or warehouse,” be said.

”We are now moving to stage six, which has larger lots of up to 7000sq m avail­able, and we have the ca­pacity to amalgamate lots to offer upwards of 70,000sq m.”

He said that was the rea­son the estate has caught the eye of some large interna­tional groups, with which it is currently in negotiations.

Queensland Forklifts se­cured a 2900sq m site for $890,000, and is investing another $1.6 million with Lory Constructions to con­struct a 1350sq m warehouse with an additional 300sq m
of office space.

Director Laurie Harper said the shift to Empire follows strong growth since the company was established in 2010.

”We started very small but have grown quickly, which I believe can be attrib­uted to our diverse offering – including all types of ma­terial handling products in rental, sales and service,” he said. ”We are already based in Yatala but have made the decision to move across to Empire because it has super­ior access to the Ml Motor­way and I am impressed by the calibre of businesses moving to the estate.

”We plan to be operating out of our new facility by Au­gust.” Mr Stephens said he has noticed a growing num­ber of businesses relocating to Empire from within the Yatala region.


alister.thomson@news.com.au – FRIDAY, March 8, 2018