Australia's Best Confirm the Inclusion of McConnell Dowell in their Latest Edition of the Award-Winning Series of Business Publications Produced by Bean Media Group

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McConnell Dowell Corporation Ltd is a world class engineering, construction and maintenance company with business branching out into many sectors including civil and marine; mechanical; electrical; pipelines and tunneling and underground services. This latest boost for the company will enhance their reputation as one of Australia's Best Building and Construction companies.

Formed in 1960, by two New Zealand entrepreneurs Malcolm McConnell and Jim Dowell, McConnell Dowell has evolved into a global force within the construction industry. This company is now operating within Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and the Middle East.

With profits up over 40%, the 2007/2008 year was an excellent one for McConnell Dowell, with total revenue hitting an all time high of 1.45 billion. The ongoing success of the company was also confirmed with the company securing six high profile projects for this up coming year.

McConnell Dowell has been involved with many high profile projects in its time, such as the design and construction contract for the Bogong Hydro Power Project by AGL Southern Hydro. This was the largest hydro power project to be constructed in Australia in 25 years. McConnell Dowell was also awarded the stage one contract for the Common User Facility (CUF) Project by Port Adelaide Maritime Corporation (PAMC), South Australia. This early stage work was critical to delivery of world-class $6 billion dollar infrastructure development at Techport Australia.

Graeme Ritchie, McConnell Dowell's Procurement Manager in the Civil and Marine sector, believes that the success to completing all projects on time and maintaining a reliable reputation is greatly due to the efficiency of suppliers involved. "Suppliers are absolutely critical in achieving success. We are only as good as our worse supplier; therefore it is necessary to establish whether the relationship is beneficial to our business," he says.

McConnell Dowel strives to deliver safe, quality projects that are on time, preferring to be under or to budget in an environmentally sound manner, which is impossible without reliable suppliers with cost effective work methods. "Maintaining an open and robust relationship with suppliers allows the airways to be clear. Suppliers have got to be able to approach us with whatever is on their mind and vice versa," says Graeme.

The editorial feature that went to press with Bean Media Group and Australia's Best can be found here: http://beanmedia.com.au/profiles/McCD.pdf

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