Packaging A Better Future For Auto Workers

18 April 2017

A local manufacturer of recyclable packaging products has created new jobs and expanded its business thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny today visited Recyclable Packaging in Seaford – the first recipient of the Labor Government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant program.

Recyclable Packaging received funding in May last year to commence a $1.5 million expansion.

The company has since taken on nine additional employees – including a former automotive worker – while also establishing a second facility and investing in two large thermoforming machines.

Founded in 2010, Recyclable Packaging manufactures plastic food packaging for customers in Australia and New Zealand. It is one of a handful of companies in Victoria that manufacture PET (polyethylene terephthalate) thermoformed products for the food and beverage sector.

Recyclable Packaging will soon develop a new product range to complement its plastic food packaging products, with a goal to secure new contracts and increase its revenue.

The $33 million LIFT program is helping businesses expand their operations and create new jobs in communities hardest hit by the closure of automotive manufacturing.

The LIFT program is expected to create nearly 600 new jobs. For more information about the grants and expressions of interest visit Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Victoria – and this is another great outcome from our highly-successful LIFT program.”

“We are supporting jobs and business growth in communities hardest hit by the end of local vehicle manufacturing.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny

“We will always get behind local manufacturers in Melbourne’s south-east.”

“Recyclable Packaging is making a great contribution to the local community – it’s great to meet the company's new staff and hear their plans for future growth.”

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