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ISO9001:2015 Surveillance Audit – HB Group : HB Quarry, HB Concrete, HB Blocks

In March 2019 SAI Global carried out a surveillance audit on HB Quarry, HB Concrete and HB Blocks. The objective of the audit was to determine continuing compliance of our organisation’s management system with the audit criteria; and its effectiveness in achieving continual improvement and system objectives.

The audit revealed that organization Quality Management System has been maintained and that our management system has the ability to ensure the organisation meets its identified applicable statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements relevant to the scope of our certification and is effective in ensuring that the defined organisational objectives can be achieved.

Congratulations to the HB Team for continuing to produce a quality product and maintaining supporting systems.

HB and Certificate III in Civil Construction

HB Group are investing in the future of the Northern Territory civil industry by assisting eleven employees across the Group to obtain their Certificate lll Civil Construction (Plant Operations).

 

The Certificate III in Civil Construction, through Australian Apprenticeships NT, will assist our employees in gaining extra skills in civil construction, receive on-the-job training and gain a national qualification.

 

The training will be provided onsite through Carey Training with our employees gaining the skills and knowledge required to work safely and competently across a range of work tasks that are carried out regularly within civil construction.

 

HB Group look forward to supporting our employees through this journey.

Dimi Hatzidimitriou being presented with his Certificate III in Civil Plant Operations.

Dimi Hatzidimitriou being presented with his Certificate III in Civil Plant Operations by Barry Adams representing Carey Training.

Dimi is employed by HB Concrete as a Batcher / Allocator and was interested in increasing his knowledge and gaining further competencies through a Certificate III in Plant Operations.

HB Group support training initiatives for their personnel and wish to congratulate Dimi on his achievement.

2018 Motor Trades Association NT TIO Automotive Apprentice of the Year Awards

Halkitis Bros. Pty Ltd were honoured to receive the TIO Employer of the Year Award for over 20 employees at the 2018 Motor Trades Association NT TIO Automotive Apprentice of the Year Awards.

In its sixth year, the TIO Apprentice of the Year Awards in-conjunction with MTA (NT) Inc. were held in the Main Hall, Parliament House and recognised the industry’s exceptional apprentices, their families and employers.

Halkitis Bros. Pty Ltd, established in 1960 by Mick and Theo Halkitis, have played an integral role in the automotive industry in the Northern Territory and supported numerous apprentices through their journey.

The Day's Catch

Over the past month HB Group employees have enjoyed some time out with a fishing trip organised for each Division.

We haven’t seen to many photos from HB Concrete, HB Quarry or HB Transport so we’re guessing their catch wasn’t as good as the guys from HB Workshop.  Looks like they had a successful day of fishing.

Supporting CREATE Foundation

HB Concrete were grateful to receive a “Thank You” from the CREATE Foundation for supporting Palmerston Lions Club who in turn puts on fantastic events our clubCREATE members to attend.

Cancer Council NT

When a donation becomes an issue!

Representatives of Cancer Council NT got more than they bargained for after collecting a donated trailer load of sand when one of the trailer tyres deflated.

HB Workshop quickly dispatched Jordan Firley in his trusty service vehicle and got the Cancer Council NT back on the road.

New DrumBlaster Operational

HB Concrete has invested in a DrumBlaster which uses build up control technology to reduce agitator mixer build up by 85%.

Using the DrumBlaster for a few minutes each day is proven to reduce build-up and can be very useful to use during the day after delivering high strength, sticky or colored loads.

The system incorporates an extendable boom with a rotating head allowing the mixer drum to remain stationary and the highly efficient electric driven pump combined with the water jets at the tip of the boom remove the days build up before it hardens.

The process reduces water consumption, lowers fuel costs and increases production capacity.

The DrumBlaster will also assist in ensuring our customers receive a quality concrete mix and remove the safety issues associated with cleaning concrete build up from agitator bowls.

New Mack Titan

HB Group took possession of a new Mack Titan Prime Mover in September 2018.  Designed and built in Australia for Australian conditions, the vehicle joins HB Group’s Transport division fleet of prime movers.

HB Blocks & Pavers win supply for 80 new Defence properties.

HB Blocks & Pavers will be supplying materials to local construction firm PTM for the multi-million dollar contract to build 80 new defence housing properties. The houses are expected to be completed by December 2017.

The 80 homes will be built on part of the old Eaton subdivision which can be seen from Bagot Road.

PTM has a 40-year history in Darwin and in recent years has won multiple awards for defence housing projects, including two 2015 Master Builders NT Awards for work at RAAF base Tindal, and for a 13-house project at Muirhead.

Mother Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Zuccoli – Concrete & Blocks Supply

The new suburb of Zuccoli is continuing to flourish with the announcement of a new primary school to be built.

Both HB Concrete and HB Blocks & Pavers will be supplying materials to the project which is being undertaken by local builders Halikos, with the design for the build engaging a joint venture between local architects, Rossi Architects and Bennett Design.

The Mother Teresa's Catholic Primary School will be completed in two stages with the first finished by the start of 2018 and the final completion date set for 2019. Stage 1 of the project will be open for students in Transition through to Year 2, with the remainder of year levels to be accommodated with the completion of Stage 2.

Henbury School, NT

On behalf of all the students, staff and teachers of Henbury School, we thank you and the whole management of HB Blocks for donating 200 pieces of hollow blocks that we wil use in establishing our new garden beds. Your donation will go a long way in helping our students with special needs acquire their horticulture skills and have the opportunity to harvest seasonal produce in our vegetable garden that links to their nutrition program.

You guys are awesome! In particular, we would like to thank your staff at the reception for being so accommodating and friendly when we approached them and told them about our request. I haven’t had the opportunity to ask the name of the guy who delivered the hollow blocks. He was an amazing driver who managed to deliver the bricks straight to our farm shed with a very limited space to manoeuvre the fork lift. He was so easy to talk to and very kind to put the bricks into place that saved us heaps of lifting. Of course, Mehdi, thanks for being so generous and helping us and your manager approve our request. All in all, I think your staff is a great team!

Again, we thank you for all your help and support. We may not repay you but hopefully someday soon someone will return the blessing to guys a hundred fold.

Kind regards,
Joan Ocampo
Science and Sustainability Teacher
Henbury School