Twenty-four new jobs have been created at a Tasmanian beef processing facility, as the company plans an expansion to its existing premises.
Greenham Tasmania will upgrade its Smithton processing unit, after receiving $1.1 million from the federal and state governments’ North West and Northern Tasmania Innovation and Investment Fund (NWNTIIF).
The NWNTIIF was jointly-developed by the governments in 2009 in response to factory closures in the region.
Seventeen new jobs have already been created at the complex, and a further seven will be on offer by December as the facility expansions near completion.
“The upgraded processing facilities will allow Greenham to increase cattle volumes from 300 to 420 head per day,” said Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom.
“The plant’s new technologies will provide greater efficiencies. Greenham will be able to build cattle numbers and strengthen their export markets.”
Launching new building works at Greenham on behalf of Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, said the project to expand the company’s production complex is expected to create a further seven new jobs by December, on top of the 17 created to date.
Greenham Tasmania matched the government’s $1.1 million grant with $3.3 million of self-funded money, taking the total development cost to $4.4 million.
“Tasmania’s north-west coast and northern region suffered a number of job losses during the global financial downturn – it is pleasing to see new manufacturing jobs emerging in their place,” said Innovation Minister Senator Carr said.
The new jobs will reportedly suit the skills of many local workers in Tasmania.
The development includes the build and fit-out of a new and enlarged boning room, a slaughter floor redevelopment, an upgrade of the plant’s rendering facilities and the development of a new value-adding processing facility. An expansion to the plant’s carcass chilling facilities has started.