Toowoomba based manufacturers Gessner Industries and Global Rotomoulding are the first two companies to receive grants from the Queensland Government’s $20 million Made in Queensland program.
Gessner, which manufactures agricultural and construction machinery, and Global Rotomoulding, which produces plastic products such as water tanks, have been awarded $104,000 and $72,000 in matching grants respectively to improve their systems, processes and skills.
Visiting Gessner Industries’ premises on Tuesday, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the two Toowoomba firms 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 companies grow their businesses.
“Gessner and Global are two great examples of businesses determined to grow through innovation and improvement, and I encourage other Queensland manufacturers to follow their lead,” Dr Lynham said.
“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.”
According to the Minister, another 20 companies are currently being assessed after completing an initial benchmarking process that identifies what improvements they can make.
“We want Queensland to be known as Australia’s home of cutting-edge advanced manufacturing.” Mr Lynham continued.
“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.”