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Dom Tripolone | Dec, 17 2017 | 0 Comments

The former site of Holden's Australian manufacturing operations has been sold.

Holden's Elizabeth vehicle manufacturing plant, which ceased full-scale production in October 2017, will continue to foster existing and new industirial operations under its new ownership.

The buyer Pelligra Group, a construction and development company, will pay hommage to the previous tenant by naming the new business park 'Lionsgate'. The news is a win for the local residents, many whom have found work with Holden previously, as the new owners look to grow employment in the region.

“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 Matthew Goodwins, Holden director of manufacturing engineering and facilities.

Holden and Pelligra are also negotiating to establish a café and museum – possibly called Redline - that would show off Holden's memorabilia and heritage.

“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,” said Goodwins.

Holden still has to undertake decomissioning works at the Elizabeth site before Pelligra takes control, a process that's expected to be completed by November 2018.

“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,” said Pelligra Group chairman, Ross Pelligra.

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