Ridley Agriproducts has opened its new mill facility in Lara with the assistance of an $800,000 grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF), which will bring more jobs to the region and boost agricultural stockfeed production.
In a boost for the local agriculture, freight and logistics industry Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Ridley Agriproducts Chief Executive Officer Tim Hart to inspect the new facility today.
The project will create 20 direct jobs and an estimated 25 jobs throughout the freight and logistics supply chain.
The GRIIF was established following Ford Australia’s announcement that it would close its manufacturing operations in the Geelong region.
The Commonwealth and Victorian Government, together with Ford Australia and Alcoa of Australia, created GRIIF to support the workers, businesses and communities in the affected areas.
The company was awarded a grant during round two of the GRIIF for its $21 million investment to establish the new mill facility in Lara within the City of Greater Geelong.
The mill, worth more than $20 million, has a 250,000 tonne capacity and will manufacture animal stock feed in Lara which supports the expansion and growth of the poultry, pig and other animal industries in western Victoria by providing a local and cost effective supply of feed.