Vic gov supporting Melbourne glass manufacturer

A Victorian government program supporting local industry is helping a Melbourne-based glass manufacturer hire more workers and expand its operations.

The company, A Touch of Glass, located in Carrum Downs, has taken on 46 new workers and will continue to hire additional staff through the Dandenong Skills and Jobs Centre.

Established in 2012, A Touch of Glass manufactures, retails, installs and services a range of shower screens, splash backs, wardrobe doors and mirrors for the building and construction industry.

As part of its expansion project, A Touch of Glass has established a purpose-built manufacturing facility and has purchased new cutting and finishing equipment, including a new glass toughening furnace and a glass CNC machine.

The company’s expansion is being supported by the Victorian government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT), which aims to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in areas such as Melbourne’s South East that have been affected by the closure of car manufacturing.

State industry and employment minister Ben Carroll said that the program was another boost to Victoria’s thriving manufacturing sector, which has recorded 17 months of consecutive growth in the Australian Industry Group’s Performance Manufacturing Index.

“We are proud to be backing A Touch of Glass so they can invest locally, create jobs and boost our economy,” Carroll said.

The LIFT initiative has so far supported 47 projects, which are expected to create over a thousand jobs for former auto-workers.