VIC-based packaging producer expands workforce

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Recyclable Packaging, a manufacturer of recyclable packaging products based in Seaford, Victoria, has created new jobs and expanded its business thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

On 18 April, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny visited Recyclable Packaging– the first recipient of the Labor Government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant program.

Recyclable Packaging received funding in May last year to commence a $1.5 million expansion.

The company has since taken on nine additional employees – including a former automotive worker – while also establishing a second facility and investing in two large thermoforming machines.

Founded in 2010, Recyclable Packaging manufactures plastic food packaging for customers in Australia and New Zealand. It is one of a handful of companies in Victoria that manufacture PET (polyethylene terephthalate) thermoformed products for the food and beverage sector.

Recyclable Packaging will soon develop a new product range to complement its plastic food packaging products, with a goal to secure new contracts and increase its revenue.

The $33 million LIFT program is designed to help businesses in communities hardest hit by the closure of automotive manufacturing.

“We will always get behind local manufacturers in Melbourne’s south-east,” said Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny. “Recyclable Packaging is making a great contribution to the local community – it’s great to meet the company’s new staff and hear their plans for future growth.”