Agri­cul­ture pro­vid­ing ma­jor boost

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

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

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