• Regional Growth Fund invests $150,000 to double workforce of local manufacturing business
• Expansion creates 10 new skilled manufacturing jobs in Drouin
• Victorian Coalition Government continues to build for the future
Gippsland Body Builders (GBB) will expand and diversify with the help of a $150,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood announced today.
In Drouin representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Mr Blackwood said the funding would help the company complete a $655,000 expansion, doubling the company’s workforce to 20.
As part of the expansion, GBB will relocate to a new site in Drouin and invest in new manufacturing plant and equipment to boost production and productivity.
“GBB specialises in manufacturing tipping bodies ranging from rigid tippers to road train semi-trailers in steel and aluminium,” Mr Blackwood said.
“The company is renowned for its quality of workmanship and attention to detail to produce some of the most efficient grain carrying B Double trucks in Australia.
“GBB produces transport options with greater payloads, creating productivity benefits for road transport operators.
“Upgrading its business will allow the company to expand and produce trailers for the Australian mining and construction sectors, as well as enter the Queensland, WA and SA agricultural transport equipment markets.”
Mr Blackwood said the project would provide a boost for manufacturing in Gippsland and continue to position the region as a high tech and innovative provider of transport solutions.
“Installing state-of-the-art equipment will boost GBB’s manufacturing capability, creating skilled employment for seven boilermakers, two spray painters and a store person,” Mr Blackwood said.
Mr Ryan said the $655,000 project was being funded through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with the balance of funding being provided by Gippsland Body Builders.
“The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.
“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $380 million to support over 1350 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.55 billion in total investment.”
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund