by Dom Wiseman

A family business for the last 33 years, Queensland marina and pontoon manufacturer, The Jetty Specialist, has just unveiled their brand-new $13 million manufacturing facility on the Sunshine Coast.

Specialising in the design, construction and installation of pontoons, jetties and marina infrastructure, The Jetty Specialist operate under the TJS Marine Group. A number of Queensland businesses fall under the TJS Marine Group, including The Marina Specialist, The Piling People and Ausfloat Pty Ltd.

Neil and Leith Morris established the company in 1986 and are exceedingly proud of their company’s success and of their new facility. At the facilities’ opening, Neil stated that he and the family were very pleased with their contribution to the Sunshine Coast.

“Spending time on the water, whether it be out on the boat fishing or enjoying lunch at one of the many marinas, this lifestyle is what we love,” Neil said.

“So, to be able to run a national business on the Sunshine Coast and service people across Australia is a real honour.

“In addition, as our business grows, we can offer more jobs to locals, giving families the opportunity to live and work on the Sunshine Coast, just as we have done.

“We’re excited about this new phase of our business and look forward to continuing to build high quality marine infrastructure for all Australians – shipped from the Sunshine Coast.”

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson officially opened the new facility, commending the family business for its success and positive impact on the Sunshine Coast community.

“From its origins on their back porch in Minyama in 1986 to this outstanding new facility here today, the Morris family is a great example of local entrepreneurs growing their business, providing employment opportunities and contributing to our Sunshine Coast community,” he said.

“This new purpose-built factory incorporates state-of-the-art equipment, the latest technology, high-end fixtures and fittings along with a waterway specifically created to test marine infrastructure.

“It’s an impressive space and will enable The Jetty Specialist to boost production and continue building high quality pontoons, jetties and marine infrastructure from the new factory.”

Currently employing 60 full-time staff, the new purpose-built facility is expected to employ another 15 people over the next four years.