BRUCK Textiles’ move to becoming Australia’s only factory making towels received a boost in the form of $500,000 from the Victorian government yesterday.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and the member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy announced the cash when touring the Wangaratta plant.
Bruck had already said it would move Tasmanian textile manufacturer Australian Weaving Mills to Wangaratta, creating 25 full-time jobs.
The company will spend $4.5 million moving equipment from Devonport.
Mr Ryan said the move would secure Bruck at Wangaratta and ensure towels were still made in Australia.
Bruck’s Geoff Parker said the company “couldn’t be happier” with the government’s support and was already interviewing people for the new jobs.
“There are also 12 workers who have or are moving from Tasmania,” he said.
Bruck employs more than 200 workers at Wangaratta where it manufactures workwear, fabrics for Australian Defence Forces, furnishing and specialist protective fabrics.
Mr Ryan also opened the company’s new $6.1 million process and waste-water treatment project, which received almost $2.2 million from the state’s $1 billion regional growth fund.
“The company has been able to use 121 megalitres of water less than the year before and that’s significant,” Mr Ryan said.
“Its trade waste discharges are down 89 megalitres and that translates into the company’s cost base.
“It means better outcomes financially and for the environment.”