WORKERS at Wangaratta’s Bruck Textiles would be pleased with the assurance yesterday that their jobs are safe.
One of the manufacturer’s key clients — Australian Defence Apparel — will cut 58 jobs at its Bendigo factory, but the bad news is not expected to flow on to Bruck.
Though Bruck has been a long-time supplier to ADA, the Wangaratta business says ADA is just one of a number of customers — which is comforting.
The job losses at Bendigo are bad news for that city, as these would be for any regional city, but were not unexpected as Australian troops withdraw from Afghanistan, reducing demand for combat uniforms and other clothing.
Any flow-on that might have seen job losses at one of Wangaratta’s major employers would have been very dire indeed.
Bruck Textiles has been a part of its community since 1946 and employs almost 300 people.
It has been vocal about its commitment to supporting locals through employment in the past.
The assurance from Bruck chief executive Geoff Parker yesterday that “we don’t have any concerns at Bruck” was just what we all wanted to hear.