Local suppliers told to expand across state

GLADSTONE suppliers are being told they need to expand across the state if they want to make any profit.

As construction winds up on Curtis Island, and so do related work opportunities, businesses across town are feeling the squeeze.

While some operators have already reduced staff or moved away, industry representative group Gladstone Engineering Alliance wants suppliers to maintain their capability and capacity and educate themselves on all and any projects - even if they're out of town.

The alliance has released a project research document, and distributed it to more than 200 of its members.

The document provides a snapshot of all current and proposed projects with the status, value and contacts for statewide projects.

Projects officer Kim Roberts said the quality of work from Gladstone's suppliers had been reflected in their development over the past three years, and it shouldn't go to waste.

"Expansion is a natural progression for business growth," she said.

"With Gladstone being a highly-skilled industrial hub for Australia it is imperative that suppliers here are expanding into other regions, and showcasing their strength, proficiency and quality of work."

Ms Roberts said the information in the document covered private and public projects including councils.