A Victorian manufacturer has hit a major milestone, completing its 10,000th trailer in just over 40 years of production.
Barker Trailers has received praise for its longevity, including support from Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews, who visited the company’s Woodend factory today.
The business employs around 185 staff, including up to 20 apprentices at any one time, and produces 480 trailers each year using 100 per cent Australian steel.
“We’re proud to stand behind companies like Barker Trailers, who are creating jobs for Victorians,” Andrews said.
“With our support, we’re ensuring Victoria remains the home of advanced, modern manufacturing in Australia.”
The state government is supporting regional Victoria through a $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and initiatives such as the reduction of payroll tax for regionally based businesses.
Funding worth $100 million in manufacturing support is also creating more than 3,500 jobs and driving more than $1.2 billion in private investment.
Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, is made up of more than 13,000 businesses and employs more than 286,000 people, an increase of more than 20,000 over the last two years.
The Labor Government is also making it easier for businesses in regional Victoria to grow their business and hire more staff, with a 25 per cent cut to payroll tax on 1 July 2017 already helping more than 2,000 businesses across regional Victoria.
Andrews was joined by state minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll, and member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, to celebrate Barker Trailers.
“Today’s milestone is testament to the strength of Victoria’s manufacturing industry – an industry we’ll continue to support to create jobs and boost our economy,” Carroll said.