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New extension to Burnie Plant a jobs boost for North-West

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

LARA GIDDINGS MP Premier Treasurer Minister for the Arts


Federal Member for Braddon

Thursday, 19 May 2011


More than 38 news jobs are being created in South Burnie thanks to a state and federally funded extension of the SERS Sheetmetal Works.

Opening the improved factory on behalf of Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom said the extension was made possible by a $1.7 million grant from the North West and Northern Tasmania Innovation and Investment Fund — a joint Federal and Tasmanian Government initiative.

Senator Carr and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said they were pleased the Fund, set up in 2009, was boosting manufacturing in the state’s north-west and supporting families in the region.

“The SERS Sheetmetal Works extension is creating high-skill, high-wage jobs in a community that has faced significant employment challenges in recent years,” Senator Carr said.

“These challenges stemmed from the closure of two Tasmanian paper mills and a vegetable processing plant. I am pleased that a significant number of the jobs created at SERS Sheetmetal Works and through the Fund have been taken up by workers affected by those closures.”

Ms Giddings said the investment was an example of how the State and Federal Governments are supporting jobs in the North West.

“We are very pleased that employment continues to grow across Tasmania, with 6800 new jobs created in the past 18 months,” Ms Giddings said.

“Of these new jobs, 1600 have been created in the north-west over the past year which is the strongest employment growth of all regions across the state. This proves that the State and Federal Government’s industry partnerships in the north-west are already showing employment benefits.”

Mr Sidebottom congratulated the company’s managing director, Diane Edgerton, on the new facility, which includes the only metal punch of its type in the state.

“This innovative metal punch is a preferred alternative to laser cutting for thin sheet metal. The purchase of this world-class machinery was possible thanks to the Fund and has meant SERS Sheetmetal can now offer a superior manufacturing service that is cost competitive, links into a global supply chain, and is assisting Tasmanian manufacturing to be sustainable. I am very pleased to open this new facility today.”

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Media contact: Sheena Ireland, Minister Carr’s office, 0427 092 100 Michael Stedman, Premier’s office, 0438 631 399 Shane Broad, Sid Sidebottom’s office, 0418 276 239