Jobs And Manufacturing Boost In Melbourne’s South East

A Dandenong South based boat manufacturer will invest in new equipment, create 12 new jobs and increase its exports by over $1 million thanks the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams visited Bar Crusher Boats in Dandenong South – the largest manufacturer of “plate” aluminium trailer boats in Australia – to announce a $320,000 funding boost.

The funding will enable the company to undertake a $1.44 million project, take on 12 new workers, transition five existing staff members and increase its exports by over $1 million.

The funding will help the company purchase and implement the latest Robotic Processing Line, which will provide world-class production capability, and increase the capacity and competitiveness of its production facility.

This grant builds on the nine projects already underway as part of the Labor Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program which combined will create 64 new full time jobs and help transition our economy towards an advanced manufacturing state.

Under the Program, companies can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to invest in new manufacturing technologies and processes, and create jobs.

More information about the Program is available at the Business Victoria website www.business.vic.gov.au/fimp or by calling 13 22 15.

Bar Crusher manufactures boats from 4.9m to 7.8m in length which it supplies into the recreational and fishing boating industry. This industry is worth $4.5 billion in Victoria alone.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“Our Future Industries Manufacturing Program is helping businesses, small and large, to invest in new technologies and processes that will transition Victoria towards an advanced manufacturing economy.”

“We are investing in the south-east to help businesses diversify into new markets, to help workers transition into new jobs and to help our local communities survive and grow.”

Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams

“The manufacturing sector is one of the largest employers in Dandenong and Melbourne’s south-east. This is why the Andrews Labor Government is helping local businesses like Bar Crusher Boats create new jobs and grow our local economy.”