The Queensland Government has announced permanent funding for the Gladstone Manufacturing Hub, as part of a $17.5 million package aimed at boosting manufacturing across the state.
Making the announcement, Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, Glenn Butcher, said the cash injection would enable six Queensland hubs, including Gladstone, to continue to support regional manufacturers to grow their businesses and create local jobs.
“The Manufacturing Hubs are bringing together the industry partners, state and local governments, local businesses and educational institutions to collaborate and grow regional manufacturing,” Mr Butcher said.
“Manufacturing already contributes $20 billion a year, to the state’s economy and employees and we want to see that grow even further.”
Minister Butcher confirmed the investment during his visit to Purcell’s Engineering in Gladstone, where he also revealed that the company has been awarded a $25,397 Manufacturing Hub Grant.
Purcell’s Engineering, which employs 40 locals, will use the funding to modernize and streamline its ERP system,” Mr Purcell said.
“Currently we have an old, clunky system that doesn’t allow for remote working easily and requires sometimes, double or triple entry of data,” said Managing Director Mitchell Purcell.
“This new software will ensure our processes and labour are far more efficient, creating better capacity and streamlining our procedures.”