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The former Rosedale leather tannery has been repurposed and is now the home of a $6.3 million advanced cable manufacturing facility.

The Federal Government has co-funded the transformation of the 10,000 square metre old tannery building into a specialised cable manufacturing facility, Bambach Wires and Cables.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the project involved establishing an advanced low voltage cable manufacturing facility that would allow Bambach to target international markets.

“The development included refurbishment of the tannery, equipment installation, establishment of a test laboratory, and recruitment and training of personnel,” Mr Chester said.

“The facility will produce newly developed cables for use in infrastructure and defence related projects.

“Bambach will now be able to increase its manufacturing capacity and efficiency and in turn provide long term sustainable employment.

“The new facility will help to attract other industries to the region and contribute substantially to sustainable employment creation in the future.

“The project supported 34 jobs during construction and has created another 34 ongoing positions.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $2,902,000 investment in job-creating infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Rosedale region.

“This investment in an advanced low-voltage cable manufacturing facility will reduce operating costs, improve capability and enable Bambach Wires to compete globally in export markets,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“By supporting more than 30 jobs in construction and creating an expected 34 ongoing jobs following completion, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring economic prosperity to the region for many years to come.”

Mr Chester secured a Federal Government grant of $2.9 million to support the growth of Bambach Wires and Cables through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP).  Bambach Wires and Cables committed the remainder of the money towards the project.

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