Builder sets down tools

UPDATE – KIRWAY Constructions director Ross Clavarino has confirmed the company has gone in to voluntary administration as of today.

A MAJOR construction company and local employer is believed to have gone into voluntary administration.

Kirway Constructions was unable to respond to calls from The Express by time of going to print, but Gippsland Trades and Labour Council secretary John Parker confirmed the news yesterday afternoon.

“I would think the knock-on effect, as it stands today, would be at least 100 jobs that would be affected in one form or another,” Mr Parker said, adding he believed all employees had been paid their entitlements.

“In the next couple of days, more details will come out of the company from administrators and we will be seeking more information from them.”

Mr Parker said Kirway was “one of the better Gippsland companies”, who employed “a number of apprentices”.

“They always had a full quota of apprentices and employed a lot of people,” he said.

“Gippsland groups always had apprentices with the company and of course this puts additional strains on placement of apprentices.

“The problem is they are the largest of the home-based companies … in regard to jobs; they will now probably go to Melbourne-based companies.”