The Queensland Jobs and Regional Growth Fund has contributed funds towards a $20.8 million investment by Oreco Group, a horticultural and garden products manufacturer in growing its production facilities.
Located in Childers, outside of Bundaberg, will allow a doubling of production, broaden the product lines, and increase logistics capabilities, creating 140 jobs in the process.
“The project will transform Oreco’s Childers site, starting with a globally competitive manufacturing hub, which our support has accelerated the construction of by three years,” said Minister for State Development, Cameron Dick.
“Once the hub has been delivered, an all-weather, multi-user regional freight centre will then be established, which is going to drive great opportunities right down the supply chain.”
Oreco Group, previously known as Australian Prime Fibre is an Australian-owned manufacturer with a four-decade history. Recent successes have seen the company grow by 400 per cent in the last ten years, reaching capacity at its current site.
“In addition to supplying major national retailers like Bunnings Warehouse under our own name, Oreco also manufactures for other major Australian brands, and we’re eager to build on our momentum,” said Oreco managing director, Paul Woosley.
“Our new Childers Manufacturing Hub will allow us to diversify our product offerings with additional mulches, fertilisers, and animal feeds and bedding, while giving us the ability to grow our export lines.”
Jobs at the new facility include technicians, machinery operators, labourers and administration officers.
Oreco relies upon a network of suppliers who are local farmers and agricultural firms, as Minister for Agricultural Industry Development, Mark Furner, highlighted.
“Oreco works with farmers by drying cane trash in the paddock before bailing and transporting the waste product to its facility for composting and packaging,” said Furner.
“They’re leveraging the strong agricultural and forestry industries locally to create premium products and put more Queenslanders into work, which is good for business and good for local communities.”