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BOOST FOR RIVERLAND JOBS AND INDUSTRY
State Government grants for businesses
A State Government grant of $2.61 million will help iconic South Australian business Nippy’s to increase its packaging capacity, employ more people in the Riverland and expand milk processing operations.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Development, Gail Gago, said the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund grant would position the company to ramp up sales in local, national and overseas markets.
Ms Gago said the Knispel Group, trading as Nippy’s, produces and distributes a variety of citrus juices and flavoured milks at Waikerie, Moorook and Regency Park.
"The Weatherill Government is delighted to help a regional South Australian business to improve its competitiveness, increase production and expand its markets," the Minister said.
"This grant will help implement a four-stage strategy as part of a $9.9 million investment aimed at increasing processing and manufacturing capacity, and improving efficiency across all three sites.
"This funding will contribute to stages one and two of this strategy, to increase the processing capacity at Moorook and improve quality assurance and packing capacity at the Waikerie site."
Managing Director of the Knispel Group, Jeff Knispel, said the upgrades would boost production, employment and sales.
"We’ll be installing a new auto packing machine and feed line at the Waikerie plant in addition to upgrading the site’s contract worker accommodation and factory shop," he said.
"At Moorook, we’ll be installing a new filling line to meet an increased demand for packing services for other drink manufacturers, together with new mixing and blending tanks for Nippy’s brand products.
"In addition to creating up to 25 new jobs in the Riverland, we expect that our increased production will help further promote Riverland quality produce and create flow-on benefits for independent growers."
Other Riverland businesses that benefited from the State Govenment program, include the "Almondco" in Renmark, which has received a grant of $1.9 million to purchase and install pasteurisation equipment at its Renmark factory and Lyrup-based Pike River Luxury Villas which has secured $340,000 from the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund to construct two new luxury villas and an eco-friendly function centre.
The $20 million fund is accessible by industry and businesses to bolster projects that improve infrastructure, support industry attraction and help grow existing businesses.
Grants are available for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs.
For more information on the Fund visit: www.southaustralia.biz/RSFF
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