JOBS at Wangaratta manufacturer Bruck Textiles are safe, despite a wave of redundancies at the factory of one of its key clients.
Australian Defence Apparel announced this week that 58 jobs would go at its Bendigo factory, as it ceased running night shifts and part-time day shifts.
The cuts are a direct result of the federal government’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
The decision led to a reduced demand for combat uniforms, protective clothing and dress uniforms.
Bruck Textiles, generally with a staff of more than 300, has been a long-time supplier of fabric to ADA for its uniforms.
Bruck chief executive Geoff Parker yesterday said that the textiles company did not expect to feel any of the flow-on effects from the cuts.
“Though significant, they are just one of a number of customers we have,” he said.
“We don’t have any concerns at Bruck.”
Mr Parker said Bruck had been aware of the potential for cuts for the past two years and was not alarmed by this week’s news.
ADA has also announced 14 jobs will go from its head office in Melbourne.
Chief executive officer Dave Giles-Kaye said ADA made “a difficult decision” to ensure the future of the company and that they would continue providing uniforms to Australian defence forces as necessary.
“We don’t take this decision lightly and in no way does it reflect the effort or contribution of our employees,” he said.
The non-defence sections of ADA’s business would continue to operate as normal.
ADA also reinforced its commitment to manufacturing in Victoria.
“We’re here for the long term, with plans to invest heavily with the CSIRO, Defence Materials Technology Centre and Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing to develop stronger, safer new combat materials and technology,” Mr Giles-Kaye said.