Victorian manufacturer secures contract with Coles

Manufacturer

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A regional Victorian manufacturer has secured a contract to make 395 truck trailers for supermarket giant Coles, in a development expected to create more than 100 jobs.

MaxiTRANS Industries said the $60 million deal to build the refrigerated and non-refrigerated trailers at its Ballarat plant is one of the largest contracts of its kind in Australia.

The deal is a “tremendous show of support” by Coles in Australian regional manufacturing, according to chief executive Dean Jenkins.

“Coles’ decision to buy Australian-made is not only a vote of confidence that our existing 950 employees build a world-class product, but it will also help to generate more than 100 new jobs over the life of the contract,” said Jenkins in a statement.

All trailer parts will be assembled at MaxiTRANS’ manufacturing facility in Wendouree, Ballarat, and feature components made at its plant in Hallam, both in Victoria.