Toowoomba manufacturers Gessner Industries and Global Rotomoulding have received the first $175,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government’s $20 million Made in Queensland program.
The grants will allow Gessner Industries and Global Rotomoulding to improve their systems, processes and skills in order to grow their businesses and create jobs, said State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
“These companies combine decades of experience with modern, innovative processes and equipment, and the drive to put their hands up and invest in their future,” he added.
“Our Made in Queensland program has helped them to identify innovations they can make, and the funds will allow them to implement those and move to new levels of efficiency and growth.”
Gessner Industries manufactures agricultural and construction machinery, and Global Rotomoulding produces plastic products, such as water tanks. Gessner was awarded $104,000 and Global Rotomoulding $72,000, in matching grants respectively.
These companies are the first of almost 400 Queensland manufacturers who have registered for Made in Queensland, which provides grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to help fund improvements to make companies more productive and competitive, and create jobs.
Manufacturers also have to go dollar-for-dollar with the government to fund business improvements.
Another 20 companies are currently being assessed after completing an initial benchmarking process that identifies improvements they can make.
“Our $20 billion manufacturing sector already employs 169,000 Queenslanders,” said Lynham.
“We want Queensland to be known as Australia’s home of cutting-edge advanced manufacturing. We are committed to helping the state’s manufacturing sector create economic growth and high-paid, knowledge-based jobs by transitioning to innovative advanced manufacturing.”