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JOBS BOOST FOR BENDIGO BENCHTOP MANUFACTURER

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is backing local manufacturing, supporting a Bendigo benchtop and hardware business to invest in cutting-edge equipment and create new local jobs.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan announced today that CV Benchtops & Hardware in East Bendigo has received support from the Labor Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP).

CV Benchtops & Hardware – a manufacturer of kitchen benches and doors – will use the government grant to purchase and install a new edge bander machine and two vacuum lifts as part of a $330,000 investment.

The company will create two new jobs in manufacturing and transition two more.

The expansion will help the company boost manufacturing capabilities, improve workplace safety, develop new products and increase sales in the local market.

CV Benchtops & Hardware has specialised in the manufacture of post-formed, domestic and wholesale benchtops for nearly 30 years.

Bendigo is home to more than 350 manufacturers employing more than 4,000 workers. The local industry is made up of businesses specialising in defence, construction, transport technologies, as well as food and fibre.

FIMP has so far supported 30 projects which are expected to create 250 jobs.

Local businesses can apply for grants of up to $500,000. For more information, visit business.vic.gov.au/fimp or call 13 22 15.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“CV Benchtops & Hardware is a great story in local manufacturing, and we’re proud to support their expansion.”

“This new technology will improve their capabilities and allow them to bring on new workers – that’s a terrific result for local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Bendigo is a proud manufacturing town, with hundreds of businesses employing thousands of local workers.”

“We want to grow this important industry – and that means investing in local manufacturers to help them expand and create new jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We will continue to support local businesses like CV Benchtops and Hardware so they can recruit new staff, train others and manufacture more of their world-class products.”

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