WANGARATTA-based Burder Industries will be better placed to compete with foreign manufacturers of agricultural machinery, thanks to a joint $3 million investment.
Victorian Senator and deputy Nationals leader, Bridget McKenzie, visited Burder Industries’ Kerr Street factory last Friday to announce more than $1.5 million in funding through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.
The Federal Government cash is in addition to $1.5 million contributed by the company to boost its manufacturing capabilities and generate new jobs.
A laser cutter will be purchased with the investment to allow the manufacturing company to cut steal more accurately and with finer detail.
At least 12 full time positions will come from the funding, both in the production line and in the office, adding to the company’s current 62 employees.
Chief executive officer Adam Fendyk said the funding would allow Burder Industries to compete with imported goods and allow them to create more products in a shorter time frame.
“We are bumping capacity at the moment, which is a good problem to have but the reality is if someone can’t buy something from us they’ll buy it from someone else,” he said.