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Formflow’s new factory to build modular housing

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The Victorian Government is backing a new housing manufacturing facility to be established in Portland by building products technology company FormFlow.

FormFlow will transform an unused airport hanger at regional city Portland into a housing manufacturing facility, supported by the government’s Portland Diversification Fund.

Geelong-based FormFlow is pioneering novel technologies for the metal forming sector, including a range of modular building designs that are energy efficient, sustainable and relocatable.

The $2.35 million housing manufacturing facility will be capable of producing up to 200 relocatable houses a year for the Glenelg Shire and surrounding regions.

This project will create 50 full time jobs and an estimated 150 indirect jobs.

According to the government once complete, the facility will establish a new industry for Portland.

“As well as manufacturing housing for key workers this facility will have the ability to design and produce purpose-built housing for a range of needs into the future.

“This includes social and affordable housing, for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants, tourism and for emergency response housing.”

The manufacturing facility is one of a range of initiatives the state government is backing to boost housing stocks for regional workers, including the construction of five studio units at the Koroit Caravan Park, and housing in Timboon and in Simpson where up to 140 new homes are to be built.

Image: Regional Development Victoria

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