Posted on 03. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan and Small Business Minister Joe Helper have congratulated this year’s inductees to the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame who represent the cream of Victoria’s manufacturing crop.

Ms Allan said that the Hall of Fame showcased excellence in Victorian manufacturing and acknowledged individuals who had made outstanding contributions to their respective sectors.

“The inductees are among the best in a sector that is Victoria’s largest provider of full time jobs, employing 310,200 people and contributing $30 billion to Victoria’s economy,” she said.

Mr Helper said several inductees were small businesses who had made big contributions to their local economies.

“Smaller businesses tend to be the most innovative in their bid to breakthrough in their respective markets,” he said.

The following nine companies were inducted Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame at last night’s ceremony:

  • Australian Turntable Company – Metal Manufacturing – Kangaroo Flat;
  • BlueScope Steel – Steel Manufacturing – Hastings;
  • Champion Compressors – Pumps – Dandenong South;
  • Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses – Food – Keilor Park;
  • Jindi Cheese – Food – Jindivick;
  • Kraft Foods (Vegemite Port Melbourne Operations) – Food;
  • Mett Pty Ltd – Die Casting – Noble Park;
  • Murray Goulburn Co-Operative – Food  – Brunswick; and
  • Viridian Glass – Glass – Dandenong South.

Inducted as Honour Roll members for their long standing contribution to manufacturing in Victoria were Jim and Bill Sutton from Sutton Tools and Ross McCann from Qenos.

The Young Industry Ambassador Award winner was Carolyn Tan from Boeing Hawker de Havilland, and the Young Manufacturer of the Year was James Dickey from Kraft Foods.

Since the inception of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2001, the Victorian Government has inducted 106 companies, 22 honourees, two lifetime members and seven young manufacturer of the year recipients.

Ms Allan said figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday showed Victoria had the strongest economy in the nation over the past year growing by 6.4 per cent making the Opposition’s campaign that the State was headed for economic disaster not just dangerous for jobs, but totally wrong.

She said the economic result is clearly better than the Australian average of 4.4 per cent in final demand.

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