An Armidale-based family owned modular home and bathroom vanity manufacturing business has received $1.44 million in State Government support to undertake an ambitious expansion of its operations and create more local jobs,
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently announced the grant from the government's Regional Job Creation Fund.
Mr Marshall said the grant would aid Scott Group Management, the owner of Uniplan Group and Timberline Bathroom Products, to build a new facility and buy the equipment needed to fulfil more national retail supply contracts.
"This project will provide a huge boost to Armidale's economy and employment market, creating 72 new full-time jobs for the city," Mr Marshall said.
"Timberline's reputation for quality is growing at a rapid rate with national contracts.
"Scott Group will use these funds to build a bigger manufacturing facility with additional offices to accommodate its growth.
"It will relocate machinery and make an initial investment in automation equipment and control systems for a future new manufacturing line, to help it meet increased demand for bathroom vanities.
"The output which will result from this upgrade, through automated machinery and robotic handling systems, is eye watering as production ramps-up from 180 to about 350 bathroom vanity units per day."
The Scott Group forecasts it will increase its manufacturing capacity by 75 per cent over three years, helping it secure new supply agreements with retailers.
"Timberline Bathroom Products is a real success story and Armidale should look forward to the benefits its success delivers the local economy, both in the form of employment opportunities and investment in the local community," Mr Marshall said.
This year the Regional Jobs Creation Fund has already provided $6.82 million dollars for projects in Armidale and Inverell, which will create more than 340 new local jobs.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $130 million Regional Job Creation Fund aimed to create more than 6,500 new direct jobs in regional NSW by providing incentives to expand and keep operations in regional areas.
"Innovation is the backbone of our economy and helping companies like the Scott Group expand its operations stimulates local and regional economies, boosts livelihoods and increases local employment opportunities," Mr Toole said.
"Setting businesses up for success helps the local community grow and new jobs mean more people earning a wage and spending their pay packets in local stores, cafés, and restaurants and on local goods and services."
The Regional Job Creation Fund supports eligible businesses with grants to purchase new equipment, expand facilities, acquire technology, create new production lines or establish businesses in regional NSW.
Round one of the Regional Job Creation Fund has now closed. A second round will open in early 2022.
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