Trailer maker MaxiTRANS has opened a new advanced manufacturing facility in Ipswich with support from the Queensland Government.
The new facility is expected to nearly double the company’s existing workforce, with up to 70 new operational jobs to be added over the next five years.
MaxiTRANS Managing Director and CEO Dean Jenkins said the new facility was ‘an exciting expansion’ for the company’s workers and customers in industries including agriculture, mining, construction, waste management and bulk, as well as the food and grocery sector.
“Our existing facility in Richlands predominantly made bulk transport trailers,” he said.
“With the help of the Queensland Government, we have a new facility that will give us more scope and flexibility to expand our Australian manufacturing capability, as well as further bolster our aftersales support here in Queensland.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the new state-of-the-art facility at Carole Park would help MaxiTRANS ‘to shift up another gear’ and bring more business to Queensland.
“To continue our recovery from COVID-19, we need to secure the manufacturing industries and the skills needed for the jobs of the future,” Mr Miles said.
“Thanks to the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund, this expansion will lift our state’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and drive jobs.
Member for Jordan and Assistant Minister for Treasury Charis Mullen said the plant would enable MaxiTRANS to further advance its manufacturing practices and create more local jobs.
“As the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty transport trailers in Australia and New Zealand combined and a leading provider of parts and service, MaxiTRANS knows how to keep industry moving,” Ms Mullen said.
“This new facility means more local jobs, as well as exciting opportunities for local TAFEs and universities to work with MaxiTRANS to provide specialised in-house training and skills development programs.
“Construction of the new purpose-built facility also created 64 jobs.”