A $3.8 million new hub will let a heavy machinery firm, which has jobs as far away as Darwin, hire another 20 staff.
Border Crane Consultants have spent that money transforming an empty block at Baranduda's industrial estate into a site tailored to its needs with a 2485 square metre workshop.
Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie officially opened the premises on Monday and lauded the work of owners Jason and Melissa Barry.
"It's very exciting, you should be incredibly proud," Cr Speedie told the couple who moved from a smaller leased site in Wodonga's Kendall Street.
Mr Barry said the business, which began in 2011, had 35 employees but greater space was crucial to lifting that number.
"We needed the room and we've got six times more floor area than what we had in the old place," Mr Barry said.
"It means we can take on more work and employ more staff."
Mr Barry said an extra 20 staff would be sought over the next 12 months with five likely to be apprentices, five in administrative and sales roles and the remainder fully qualified workshop personnel.
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The building work at Baranduda was done by Wodonga firm Crito's Construction and Rigging, which is owned by Ty Crichton.
More accustomed to erecting double-car garages, Mr Crichton said it was the largest project he had worked on in nine years of having his own company.
Border Crane Consultants services cranes across Australia with crews having travelled as far as Port Hedland and Darwin for jobs.
The company also services heavy machinery on the Border and custom builds equipment for vehicles.
Alongside its new workshop, the Baranduda block houses the Border's biggest commercial spray booth, capable of fitting large cranes and semi-trailers.
Mr Barry attributes the success of the business to versatility.
"We offer a total package," he said.
"A lot of people who do similar work to us, they'll sell the crane and if they've sold it to you they don't want to know you afterwards, or they'll do one part of the job and there's five other parts before you can practically use the machine."
COVID-19 has not touched the business in a negative way and it has been beneficial through customers opting to have maintenance work during the shutdown.
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Mr Barry began his working life as a light vehicle mechanic before switching to heavy vehicles and engineering.
Last year he received an award for technical and maintenance excellence from the Australian Trucking Association which saw him rewarded with a trip to Atlanta for the US Technology and Maintenance Council's annual meeting and exhibition in February.
Mrs Barry has a marketing degree and was at the Dyson bus group for nine years before switching to full time work with the crane business in recent months.