Queensland grants bolster manufacture for agriculture

A Queensland government manufacturing grant has helped Rockhampton herbicide manufacturer, Cirrus Ag expand, create five new jobs and attract interstate customers.

With the almost $1 million grant, Cirrus Ag have been able to purchase, install, commission and operate a leading-edge granule manufacturing plant including advanced software control systems.

The Kawana company provides contract manufacturing services for all granule/pellet demands in the agrochemical market.

Cirrus Ag Director Paul Hubbard said: “This grant has introduced flexible manufacturing capability to our Rockhampton facility supporting just in time manufacturing in response to seasonal needs and to offer local manufacturing services not currently available in Queensland.

“The business can now use just-in-time manufacturing and respond to the seasonal needs of growers, which means resources aren’t tied up making products where demand has fallen away.”

Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing, Regional Development and Jobs, Bruce Saunders today visited the work site of the Made in Queensland Round 3 recipient to encourage others to apply for support through Queensland government grant programmes.

Programmes currently available include ReMade in Queensland grants, Manufacturing Energy Efficiency grants and Manufacturing Hubs grants

Saunders said: “Cirrus Ag is a brilliant example of how well a business can grow after receiving the right support at the right time.

“Our investments in these programmes have created and supported more than 7,000 jobs across Queensland.

“I encourage all Queensland manufacturers to seek out these business-bolstering grants.”

Picture: Cirrus Ag

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