AN electrical engineering business in Wodonga will create 20 full-time jobs in a $1.2 million relocation.
Electrical Design and Construction will relocate from its Melbourne Road base to Trafalgar Street in West Wodonga next month after considering a shift to Albury.
Four more apprentices will be employed.
The company was established in 1999 and Electrical Design and Construction co-director Greg Flower said it now needed more office space and a purpose-built facility.
Work is now under way to transform an existing shed on the Trafalgar Street site into new premises for the company.
“We needed space both in the office and workshop,” Mr Flower said.
“We also need more car parking for employees and we don’t have that where we are.”
The Victorian government has made a $150,000 contribution towards the expansion from its regional investment program, Industries for Today and Tomorrow.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley announced the state money yesterday.
Electrical Design and Construction already employs 60 full-time staff and has recently secured multimillion-dollar contracts requiring the move.
The company will also need to buy additional plant and equipment.
Mr Tilley welcomed the expansion.
“EDC specialises in large industrial electrical automation projects such as high voltage installations, electrical safety assessments and design, switchboard construction, complex electrical design and turnkey electrical automation solutions,” he said.
“The company operates across the mining, defence, energy, water, waste, food, packaging and plastics sectors and is recognised as an industry leader in electrical innovation, design and construction.”
Mr Tilley said the company had considered relocating to Albury, but the Victorian assistance had helped sway EDC towards reinvesting in Wodonga.
“This investment is a vote of confidence in Wodonga and regional Victoria as a place to do business,” Mr Tilley said.