Grant boosts local business

11th October 2017 1:43 PM
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham during a previous engagement this year. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham during a previous engagement this year. Bev Lacey

Roma-based manufacturer Flemings Welding Services is set to expand after receiving a sizable State Government grant as part of the Made in Queensland program.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Flemings would use the $207,950 grant to install state-of-the-art surface finishing equipment.

"Until now, this type of surface finishing was unable to be completed in Roma,” Dr Lynham said.

"Now, thanks to Flemings' vision and the Queensland Government's investment, the industry will have access to the manufacturing processes they need --- and their 31 employees will have secure, highly-skilled jobs into the future.”

Flemings Welding Services provides specialised welding and allied services to the oil and gas industry, an industry that demands all piping and fabrication be built to exact specifications.

"Installation this specialist equipment will allow Flemings to improve operational efficiency and invest in certified and highly trained people,” Dr Lynham said.

"Flemings is just another example of the strong appetite for innovation in Queensland's manufacturing industry.”

Queensland's $20 billion manufacturing sector already employs 169,000 people.

The Palaszczuk Government has a 10-year plan to transition the state's manufacturing sector to more advanced manufacturing high-paid, knowledge-based jobs.

"Upskilling our workforce is an important part of this program and with the introduction of this technology employees at Flemings will be achieving just that,” Dr Lynham said.

The $20 million Made in Queensland program offers matching grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to manufacturers looking to adopt innovative processes and technologies to generate highly-skilled jobs and become more internationally competitive.

Manufacturers also have to go dollar-for-dollar with the government to fund business improvements.