Shadow Minister for Innovation and Resources, David Southwick, visited two Warragul based engineering and metal fabrication businesses to observe how they employ world renowned practices to deliver production and manufacturing projects.
Member for Nacarran Gary Blackwood hosted Mr Southwick’s visit to two local businesses at the forefront of industry innovation in Gippsland, Flavourite and DJM Fabrications, last Friday.
Mr Southwick said he is amazed by a family’s ability to utilise innovative technology and practices to maximise output from primary production and effectively use natural resources.
“Flavorite is an exceptional example of a family business that has used innovative technology and practices to maximise output from primary production, minimise waste and better use natural resources such as water and gas to deliver a high quality product”, Mr Southwick said.
“Anywhere between 350 and 450 workers are needed at Flavorite depending on the time of year and with such a range of skills needed from pickers, to managers, agricultural specialists and even on farm trades persons this business is a great example of innovation within the agricultural industry.
Mr Blackwood said DJM Fabrications was another prime example of how local business delivers the best innovative production and manufacturing projects.
“DJM really are a market leader when it comes to delivering quality engineering and metal fabrication for the mechanical, civil, forestry and mining industries,’ said Mr Blackwood.
Mr Blackwood said investing in local innovative businesses is crucial to job growth and reaffirms the future of the region.
“The skilled employment they offer and project expertise will be critical as our region grows and the innovation through engineering design they deliver as machinery becomes bigger is crucial to workplace and operator safety.”
Mr Southwick believes the Victorian coalition are committed to innovative businesses and is excited by the prospect of local MP’s developing relationships with market leaders.
“The Victorian Coalition are committed to innovative businesses like Flavorite and I am excited that local Members such as Gary are able to help grow relationships with market leaders like this to help guide our policy framework to support the industry’s needs”, Mr Southwick said.