The Victorian manufacturer AF Gason has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the state government as part of its program to support job creation in the state.
The grant part of the Victorian government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), which provides funding for companies to implement new manufacturing technologies and processes that will grow their business, improve productivity and create new jobs.
Founded in 1946, AF Gason is a manufacturer of agricultural machinery and wood heating products. It has recently entered into the caravan market.
The government grant will support the company’s own $6 million investment in new laser cutting capability, which is to include automating sheet steel and aluminium cutting processes.
“Gason’s is a great Ararat manufacturer and this big investment will set the company up for a bright future,” state regional development minister Jaala Pulford said.
As part of the project, a purpose-built facility is being constructed to house the new manufacturing technology, plant and equipment.
The investment in the new technology is expected to create a further 20 high-skilled jobs at AF Gason.
“We’re backing AF Gason so they can create jobs, diversify and grow – boosting the regional economy,” state industry and employment minister Ben Carroll said.
“We’ll always support Victorian manufacturers who are innovating, investing and employing local people in regional Victoria.”