Agriculture providing major boost
Worldwide agricultural demand is helping drive success for Horsham business Smallaire.
The Wimmera Business of the Year and regional air-movement specialist is undergoing a $500,000 expansion, driven strongly by its air-seeder products.
The State Government is providing $100,000 to support the family company’s expansion, prompting a visit from Regional Development and Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford.
Ms Pulford said the government was providing the money through its Regional Jobs Fund to help stimulate growth and create jobs.
Smallaire, which started as a tank-building enterprise at Rainbow, expanded into air-conditioners and now, with a workforce of 19, manufactures air-movement products for a variety of uses.
A shift into air-seeding technology has proved a dynamic move and helped the company establish a worldwide market. It now exports products to many countries.
One of the byproducts of the expansion will be Smallaire exploiting its strong manufacturing position involving air-seeding products, to supplying fully integrated air-seeding kits.
Ms Pulford said during her Horsham visit that Smallaire was a proud Horsham business and a market leader.
“This half-a-million investment that Smallaire is making is going to mean jobs for eight more people, which is just wonderful for the local community,” she said.
“This is a business that is doing some really exciting things, particularly in terms of reaching into new export markets with a lot of custom-made products. Clearly Smallaire is held in exceptionally high regard by its customers. It’s a wonderful Horsham manufacturing story and one that is growing. It’s really exciting.
“We’re proud to support this innovative business in its plans to increase production capability.”
STATE SUPPORT: From left, Smallaire joint owner and director Lolita Small and managing director Jock Baker with Victorian Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford at Smallaire’s Horsham factory.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER