Case Study

MGN Civil and CJD Equipment

Specialist civil contractor MGN Civil prides itself on its capacity to develop cost-effective solutions for technically challenging projects, with the Brisbane-based business prepared to think outside the box and to adopt an innovative approach when required in providing a range of services for both public and private sector clients.

MGN Director Guy Schweitzer told EEM that a key component of this process is being able to form strong relationships with a variety of clients, with MGN’s directors focused on taking a hands-on approach across its broad client base, while the business also has the luxury of being able to draw on a significant pool of experience in delivering civil marine contracting services.

“The directors and shareholders of the business have been in the industry for over 30 years,” Guy, himself a chartered civil engineer who has the better part of two decades of experience across infrastructure assets, civil construction and defence, commented.

“Our attitude and ability to work closely with clients to solve technically difficult problems, while meeting cost and time objectives, has seen us win repeat work.”

A Range Of Services Backed By Reliable Equipment

Formed in 2015, MGN has brought together three industry professionals encompassing civil construction and plant expertise, project management and engineering technical knowledge – in offering its clients services ranging from rock and seawall construction to ground improvement and bulk earthworks.

Typically operating along the eastern seaboard, and working as a principal contractor or subcontractor, MGN’s capabilities additionally encompass underwater marine infrastructure works, boat ramps and pontoons, reclamation, dredging and landfills, with its suite of services backed by a team of engineers, surveyors and site managers.

Among the projects that MGN is currently working on, Guy advised that it is undertaking ongoing works at the Port of Brisbane, including a dredging campaign, with other projects including the Clump Point Safe Boating project, along with the South Murwillumbah Levee Restoration and the Stoters Hill Landfill projects.

“We need to have the most reliable equipment available to enable us to complete these challenging projects,” he explained.

“MGN operates and maintains a diverse fleet of plant and equipment, with much of the fleet being GPS-controlled, with this technology allowing us to work in difficult environments where traditional survey techniques may not be suited.”

The MGN fleet comprises over 70 items of plant and equipment – including on and off-road trucks, floats, a range of excavators, loaders, and on and off-road water carts – with the business drawing on this fleet to deliver projects in a timely manner without the need for subcontractors.

CJD Equipment Provides Equipment For Speciality Needs

Guy told EEM that since its establishment MGN has been dealing with privately owned Australian construction equipment and trucks distributor CJD Equipment, with CJD able to deliver a service tailored to meet MGN’s specific range of requirements.

“CJD is a reliable and cost-effective trade partner, assisting us to source the best fit-for-purpose equipment for our speciality needs,” he commented.

“CJD has been supplying MGN equipment since our inception, however the relationship with the directors dates back much further than that, while CJD also provides maintenance services from time to time.”

 Lea Clarke, CJD Regional Sales Manager Brisbane South, told EEM he has been working with MGN since commencing with CJD close to two years ago, throughout this time dealing with Guy, along with fellow owners Neville Foley and Michael Foley.

Lea said that in recent years MGN has purchased a range of Volvo equipment, including: an A35G articulated hauler, an A40G articulated hauler, an EC480DL crawler excavator, an EC360B LC crawler excavator and an L260H wheel loader.

“I have a great working relationship with Guy, Neville and Michael, and they each have their own requirements in terms of service relating to the interesting and diverse projects that they undertake,” Lea said.

“My job is to make sure we deliver what the customer expects from CJD and Volvo. “My experience with them so far has been fair and to the point, which is great to work with, and the opinion of MGN that I hear in the civil industry is of nothing but praise for who they are and what they do.”

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