Mount Gambier-based engineering company DMK Engineering has been awarded a $540,000 grant to establish a new manufacturing facility in the Limestone Coast.
South Australian Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the grant was awarded through the State Government Regional Development Fund with the aim of “retaining and extending local jobs”.
“As a major engineering company in the State’s south east, DMK has built a reputation on high level quality and delivery throughout South Australia, interstate and overseas,” Mr Brock said in a statement.
“The company has a very high skills base able to adapt to multiple industries and work sectors. This leads to retaining and extending local jobs in the Limestone Coast creating a highly skilled workforce and support for local regionally based suppliers.”
He said DMK’s new $2.1 manufacturing facility would create 15 new company jobs, as well as further 25 jobs during construction.
“The new site will allow DMK to undertake larger scale projects not possible at their current location with the expansion providing for a workshop with two new gantry cranes with a 16 tonne capacity,” the Minister added.
DMK Engineering Director Mr Mike O’Neill said that the increasing demand for the company’s services will help DMK grow its manufacturing footprint in a number of areas.
“While our business started out servicing the local timber industry, our capability is much more than this now. Our new manufacturing facility will allow us to target growth areas for our products in industries such as water, gas and energy, power and transmission, and food and wine,” Mr O’Neil said.
“This will stimulate economic growth in the region as well as the creation of new employment opportunities. We expect to be able to increase our turnover by 30% with a view to further expansion and employment in the future.”