Holden’s Former Elizabeth Manufacturing Site to Become Lionsgate Business Park
Holden shuttered its manufacturing operations in Australia last October, but its former Elizabeth manufacturing facility is receiving a new lease on life after having been purchased by Melbourne-based developer Pelligra Group. With the intention of cultivating the site for new industry and job creation through the development of a multi-use business and recreational park, Pelligra will honor the facility’s legacy by naming the location “Lionsgate Business Park.”
Holden is still the controller of the Elizabeth site and will remain so until mid-2019, at which point its decommissioning process should be completed. Holden will continue to have a presence at Lionsgate Business Park once Pelligra takes full control, leasing space for parts storage and working with the developer to establish a proposed Redline Café & Museum that will commemorate Holden manufacturing and memorabilia.
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“Our wish for the future of the site has always been that it continues to create jobs for Elizabeth and the surrounding area and we believe that Pelligra’s master plan for the site is positioned to achieve this,” said Holden Director of Manufacturing Engineering and Facilities Matthew Goodwins. “We are also delighted with Pelligra’s intention to recognise the heritage of the site and its important place in Adelaide’s history and in the Elizabeth community.”
“We see enormous potential in the Holden site based on partnering with businesses operating in these sectors but also in keeping the site’s automotive heritage alive through the development of a cluster of complimentary industries which tap into the significant residual skills of former Holden workers,” added Pelligra Group Chairman Ross Pelligra.
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