Australian smallgoods manufacturer D’Orsogna broke ground on a new factory in the Merrifield Business Park as part of a $61 million expansion supported through the Victorian Government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll, who turned the first sod at the site of the company’s new factory, said the expansion will include a new purpose-built facility that includes cooking, smoking, cooling, storing, slicing and packaging equipment.
According to the Minister, the move will result in the creation of more than 100 new jobs, including roles suitable for former auto workers,
“The D’Orsogna expansion is creating jobs, boosting the food and fibre sector and further cements Victoria as the home of manufacturing in Australia,” Mr Carroll said.
“This massive expansion will boost the local economy and create much needed jobs in Melbourne’s North.”
D’Orsogna Managing Director Brad Thomason said the new facility will make use of the latest developments in processing and packaging technology, which will advance the company’s growth strategy in both domestic and export markets.
He said the company selected Victoria for its competitive operating environment, reputation in foods, access to key transport infrastructure and rapidly growing local and export markets.
“We appreciate the ongoing efforts of the Victorian Government in helping establish and expand our presence here,” Mr Thomason concluded.
Established in 1949, D’Orsogna is a family owned manufacturer of ham, bacon and other smallgoods.
The company supplies Woolworths, Coles, Metcash and a range of other food service businesses across Australia.