Backing Ararat’s AF Gason To Boost Jobs

A leading Ararat manufacture is creating jobs and diversifying its business thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited AF Gason to announce a $500,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP).

The grant will support AF Gason’s $6 million investment in new laser cutting capability – including the automation of sheet steel and aluminium cutting – dramatically increasing productivity.

The significant investment in new technology will create 20 new jobs as the business adds to its highly skilled workforce.

As part of the project, a purpose-built facility is being constructed to house the new manufacturing technology, plant and equipment.

AF Gason was founded in 1946 and is renowned manufacturer of agricultural machinery and wood heating products. The company recently entered the caravan business – which will help Victoria remain the country’s home of caravan manufacturing.

Victorian manufacturing continues to go from strength-to-strength – backed by $130 million in support from the Labor Government – creating over 6,000 jobs and driving more than $1.6 billion in private investment.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing more than 280,000 people.

FIMP grants support job creation by helping Victorian companies implement new manufacturing technologies, improve productivity and target new export opportunities.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll 

“We’re backing AF Gason so they can create jobs, diversify and grow – boosting the regional economy.”

“We’ll always support Victorian manufacturers who are innovating, investing and employing local people in regional Victoria.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford 

“Gason’s is a great Ararat manufacturer and this big investment will set the company up for a bright future.”

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