A BORDER man’s investment in his company has paid off with the Victorian government awarding Bertazzo Engineered a new-technology grant.
Raymond Bertazzo has poured $5 million into his business over the years.
Yesterday, he said he would use the $250,000 grant to buy state-of-the-art equipment to improve productivity and increase competitiveness of his company’s products.
“It’s nice to get recognition from the government,” he said.
“We have invested a lot of money and they are chipping in because they recognise this.”
The business specialises in heavy fabrication, robotic welding and architectural metalwork.
Mr Bertazzo and his wife, Trudie, have grown the company in 10 years from six workers to 26.
The grant will allow the company to buy a panel-bending machine that opens the way to more exports and jobs.
“This machine doesn’t mean we are losing an operator,” Mr Bertazzo said.
“We are actually looking at another press operator, as well as creating three new jobs with the bigger work load.”
Mr Bertazzo will travel to Italy next month to scope out two manufacturers of the machine, which is not available in Australia.
He will chip in another $1.2 million to buy and install the new technology.
“The client will be able to come to us and design a product,” Mr Bertazzo said.
“We can cut it, fold it, weld it and paint it.”
Mr Bertazzo hopes new technology will further expand his client base, which already includes Mars Petcare, Vitasoy and Wilson Transformers.
The member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, congratulated the second-generation family business.
“This is about getting new technology, which isn’t available in Australia, to cut into the market share,” he said.