BENDIGO company Moira Mac’s Poultry and Fine Foods says a multi-million dollar expansion will create 22 new full-time jobs.
The $2.5 million expansion announcement comes after the state government pledged $200,000 in funding towards the project.
Managing director Dean Russell said the company had bought $1.5 million of machinery and spent more than $1 million on set-up costs.
“We see ourselves as part of the global food market and we are part of the world trade,” he said.
“It is up to us small manufacturers to innovate and bring in great-quality technology and great-quality products.”
Mr Russell said the company employed about 60 to 70 staff, but that the expansion would create a need for more staff.
“We take on eight of the ex-Pasta Master staff and we need around 20 to operate the line,” he said.
“So it has been a boost to our employment numbers and a good opportunity for growth.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development Damian Drum said the state government was happy to provide funding.
Mr Drum said the contribution was provided through the Victorian Business Flood Recovery Fund.
“Moira Mac’s has been a mainstay of Bendigo’s economy for 30 years,” he said.
“(It) continues to lead small goods industry as the first company of its kind in Australia to invest in high-pressure processing equipment.
“The company will build on its existing market strength to boost the local economy by an estimated $8 million annually.”
Mr Drum said the company’s plans to expand would greatly benefit the community of Bendigo.
“This project has created 20 full-time jobs at the plant and 55 jobs within the supply chain, which is fantastic for the Bendigo region,” he said.
“It further cements the region’s reputation as a secure and fully integrated location for intensive animal production and associated businesses.”