FORGING NEW BUSINESS AND JOBS IN BROOKLYN
Leading stonemasonry and commercial tiling company Baron Forge Contractors is creating new jobs and expanding its business thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government.
The Brooklyn-based national business will invest $3.59 million in an Australian technological first, fully automated production line to create customised premium stone and porcelain products.
Visiting Baron Forge today, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan announced the grant, provided under the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), that will support the business as it installs the next-generation equipment with in-built waste recovery and water recycling.
The upgrade will enable the company to capture a larger share of the growing residential and commercial construction industries in Australia, and access untapped niche markets for premium porcelain products.
The investment will see Baron Forge create 16 full-time jobs at its Brooklyn facility by February 2019 and transition eight employees to higher skilled roles. In a welcome boost for Melbourne’s west, the company has already taken on two ex-auto workers from Toyota.
Baron Forge was established in 1985 as a family-run stonemasonry business in Melbourne and has since expanded across the country, with three major factories and more than 150 Victorian staff.
To date, FIMP has supported 34 projects that are expected to create 303 jobs across Victoria.
Under FIMP, companies can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to invest in new manufacturing technologies and processes to create jobs and help transition Victoria’s economy towards an advanced manufacturing state.
For more information about the Program, visit the Business Victoria website at www.business.vic.gov.au/fimp or call 13 22 15.
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan
“The Victorian Government is helping manufacturers invest in new technologies and processes that will transition Victoria towards an advanced manufacturing economy.”
“Our Future Industries Manufacturing Program is giving local companies like Baron Forge opportunities to create new jobs and boost its business.”