HB Group makes most of focus shift

Civil construction firm HB Group’s move into transport has seen the family-owned business prosper

HB Group makes most of focus shift
HB Group makes most of focus shift

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 18, 2013

Civil construction company HB Group’s early years were spent building Darwin but a decision to expand into transport in 1988 has seen the family-owned business prosper.

The Halkitis name is synonymous with Territory expansions, with brothers Michael "Mick" and Theo Halkitis establishing the company in 1960 after coming to Australia from Greek island Kalymnos for a better life.

The pair has constructed five of Darwin’s northern suburbs, including laying highway in Kakadu National Park.

Mick’s eldest son John joined the company in 1978, laying pipes and operating excavation machinery.

His younger brother Nick followed suit in 1986 as a surveyor assistant. Both John and Nick are pictured above.

They recognised the need for transport, purchasing the company’s first truck in 1988.

"Falling into transport was a means to an end for civil engineering to move equipment around," Nick says.

"We made a gradual change from civil engineering contract to structural material supplier – we saw the need to be able to deliver product to our customers on a timely basis."

Read the full story on HB Group in the September issue of ATN.

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