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Mining & Industry

23 April, 2021

Paget business expansion boosts manufacturing jobs

THE million-dollar expansion of its manufacturing facility has enabled a Mackay-based business to undertake larger projects across the country and offshore as well as create more jobs in the region, Member for Dawson George Christensen outlined yesterday.

Mr Christensen congratulated Consolidated Engineering Plastics Products in Paget on the $1,050,000 expansion of their Diacon conveyor safety systems manufacturing facility this evening; a project which was partially funded by a $420,000 Federal Government grant.

“Consolidated Engineering Plastics Products, and the Diacon conveyor safety systems arm of the business, has undergone a significant transformation recently, thanks to the installation of new manufacturing equipment and a remodelling of production processes,” Mr Christensen said.

“The company benefitted from a $420,000 grant under the Morrison McCormack Liberal National Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Program (RJIP), an initiative I advocated strongly for when the region was struggling through a downturn in the mining industry.

“The manufacturing expansion has enabled them to build their customer base across the country and offshore, and this has also provided the confidence to move into the larger facility we are standing in today.

“The RJIP program was all about providing regional businesses with a helping hand and creating more jobs. This expansion project provided jobs for 12 people during the implementation phase and another 10 people have ongoing jobs as a result of this investment.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment would provide long term benefits to the Mackay region.

“As a direct result of this investment, Consolidated Engineering Plastics Products had it best annual sales on record which included one of their largest ever green field site supply and installation projects, Carrapateena Mine in South Australia,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The $222.3 million Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program supports the Australian Government’s commitment to stimulate economic growth in the region.

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