Construction is crackling along on the $3 million Grillex facility supporting around 30 jobs on-site for Bundaberg and the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Visiting the facility today, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the project was made possible through the Queensland Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
“Grillex is a family-owned business that has worked hard to become one of Australia’s leaders in park infrastructure and outdoor furniture products,” Mr Miles said.
“Supporting businesses like Grillex to expand their operations not only creates construction jobs in the short-term, but ongoing jobs that have a flow-on effect on the local economy.”
He said the new $3 million warehouse being built in Bundaberg would include significant floor space and offices.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said it was a win for the Bundaberg community.
“Not only is the project supporting around 30 jobs during its construction, but it will create an additional 15 new long-term operational jobs,” Mr Smith said.
“These jobs require manufacturing and technical skills on the production line as well as office-based roles.
“This is part of Queensland’s economic recovery, encouraging investment in manufacturing that creates jobs for locals right here in Bundaberg.”
Local contractor Ascot Homes and Commercial were engaged to undertake the construction of the 2680 square metre warehouse and office complex.
The warehouse will feature the latest in manufacturing technologies on the assembly line, boosting Grillex’s global competitiveness.
Grillex Managing Director Martin Rowland said the funding will help to grow and expand the business over the next five years.
“Our team has been working hard to expand our business since we began in 2006, and with the support from the Queensland Government, we are now able to accelerate our expansion plans,” Mr Rowland said.
“Our new warehouse will enable us to continue to service our growing domestic market, and help us expand into new international markets, such as Europe.”
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of April 2021.
Learn more about how the government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund has supported the state’s effort to unite and recover for Queensland jobs.