DECMIL Group has appointed a general manager to its New Zealand operations.

John Hemi has joined Decmil as general manager of New Zealand operations, the company said.

Mr Hemi has experience in building construction management and has managed multiple projects around the Auckland area.

Decmil Group chief executive Scott Criddle said the acquisition and appointment were important steps for the company.

“The acquisition of Cut & Fill and the appointment of John Hemi are important steps forward in building our presence on the East Coast and in New Zealand, growing our civil infrastructure capability and building further relationships with State and Federal Governments.”

“These markets are a key focus for Decmil as we build our presence and capability in a variety of public and private sector infrastructure.”

The news came after Decmil announced its acquisition of Melbourne based civil engineering company Cut & Fill.

The acquisition expands Decmil’s business through an established and direct local platform in the Victoria, ACT and New South Wales civil infrastructure markets.

Decmil has acquired 100 per cent of the shares of Cut & Fill for a cash consideration of about $9.5 million.

The transaction has an effective date of 1 February 2016 and the business will continue to trade under the established name of Cut & Fill.