Karratha engineers win recognition at 40 Under 40 Awards
Two of Karratha’s most successful young engineers have been named among the most outstanding entrepreneurs in WA aged under 40.
KBSS Engineering managing director Cory Byers and KAW Engineering founder and director Jared Fitzclarence took home honours at the 40 Under 40 Awards at a ceremony in Perth last Wednesday night.
Mr Byers was recognised for founding KBSS Engineering in 2012, which had grown from eight to 75 employees by late last year, and has worked on numerous major resource projects, as well as the company’s support of various local groups.
Mr Fitzclarence’s win focused on how much he had grown KAW Engineering — a company he bought as a 21-year-old in 2010.
He was also recognised for his recent work to develop the Pilbara’s local manufacturing industry and active involvement in the Pilbara business community.
Mr Fitzclarence said he hoped the pair’s success would help promote the high quality of business in Karratha.
“This was a bit of recognition that we do have very mature and compelling businesses in the region at a competitive global level,” he said.
“It gives us some level of authenticity that possibly wasn’t there before, by providing that external confidence so people can look at our business and say ‘this is a mature, evolved business with people who are recognised on a much wider forum for their success’.”
Mr Byers said his award was in recognition of the scale of KBSS’ growth over the years since it started.
“The biggest key is to find and retain the right people, and we’ve been able to retain them by developing a good culture and good atmosphere,” he said.
“(At KBSS) staff have got the business owners there that support them... to give them confidence they’re doing the right thing, and they get a certain level of buy-in to the business because they do have a close connection with the owners.”
Other Karratha residents who were finalists for the awards were Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Kylah Morrison, and Sandra Spadanuda, Blue Beanies Project co-founder and Soul Cafe owner and director.
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