- Coalition Government invests $250,000 to help relocate Edlyn Foods to Maryborough
- Relocation will create 14 new jobs in Maryborough
- The Nationals are building a better regional and rural Victoria
Fourteen new jobs will be created as a major food processor relocates from Sydney and Melbourne to Maryborough with the support of a $250,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley in Maryborough today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment to support the relocation of Edlyn Foods to Maryborough.
The Coalition Government’s funding will be provided through the Industries for Today and Tomorrow Program.
Mr Ryan said Edlyn Foods was established more than 80 years ago as a cordial, candied peel and fondant manufacturing business. It is currently based in Epping with 90 staff and provides food products to more than 300 wholesalers across Australia.
Edlyn Foods acquired a Sydney-based company in February and will now invest $1.4 million to relocate this business and part of its Epping operations to a new facility in Maryborough, which will be dedicated to dry-food manufacturing such as gravy and soup mixes, flavour boosters and nutritional supplements.
It will also invest a further $550,000 purchasing the Maryborough facility and relocating equipment to the facility.
The investment includes the purchase, renovation and refurbishment of the existing facility, including establishing food production areas and storage rooms, and upgrading walls, floor, hard stand and other areas and purchasing and installing new manufacturing plant and equipment.
“This investment is great news for Maryborough and is proof there is a strong manufacturing future here in the Central Goldfields,” Mr Ryan said.
“This relocation follows in the footsteps of True Foods, which relocated its operations from Melbourne to Maryborough with support from the Coalition Government, leading to the creation of 250 new local jobs.
“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are committed to growing our regional communities and projects such as this are a win-win by reducing pressure on our capital cities while supporting the growth of regional and rural Victoria.”
Mr Turner welcomed the investment and said the 14 new jobs were a real shot-in-the-arm for Maryborough and the region.
“This region is positioning itself a food processing hub with projects such as this and the relocation of True Foods,” Mr Turner said.
“14 new jobs is just the start for Edlyn Foods and I see an even bigger future for the company here in Maryborough.”
Ms Staley joined Mr Turner in welcoming the investment, which she said would help develop and grow the region’s skill base, while helping the company access new export markets.
“The increase in production capability as a result of this relocation is expected to help Edlyn Foods to double its turnover by 2020,” Ms Staley said.
“This is good news for the Central Goldfields region.”