Care Essentials, a medical manufacturing company based in Geelong, Victoria, is being supported under the Regional Jobs Fund to create 100 new jobs and scale-up the manufacture of their specialised warming blankets.
The manufacturer was recently recognised at Victoria’s National Export Awards for supplying their warming blankets and machines to maintain patients’ body temperatures during surgery.
This funding will mean that Care Essentials will be able to install the machinery required to manufacture up to six million patient warming blankets per year. The investment will give Care Essentials the confidence it needs to keep its operations local.
The project will create 100 new full-time jobs over three years across engineering, maintenance, finance and payroll, resulting in $6.7 million of additional wages and salaries circulating in the Geelong economy each year.
This will help to drive the state’s competitiveness in producing locally made medical equipment, Victorian minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas said.
“This project will boost Geelong’s economy, create highly skilled jobs and showcase world-class medical manufacturing products at a critical time during the pandemic,” Thomas said.
“Care Essentials is a pioneer in the medical manufacturing space in Geelong – its innovation has been recognised throughout the world. This is a regional jobs success story and I am pleased to see that the company is choosing to base its operations locally.”
Locally owned and operated, Care Essentials has a history of entrepreneurship and innovation, exporting medical equipment and products to over 60 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.
In 2020, Care Essentials bolstered its production of face masks at the height of the pandemic. The company supplied three million high-quality single-use masks for the community and healthcare workers across Victoria.
“Geelong is home to some of Victoria’s best manufacturers and we’ll do all we can to support them,” member for Lara John Eren said.
“I’m pleased to see the entrepreneurship of Care Essentials and look forward to seeing what it achieves next.”
The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and backs councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.
A new round of the Regional Jobs Fund opened earlier this year and is available to companies seeking to grow their operations. For more information visit rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif.