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An advanced manufacturing facility has opened in Ipswich creating up to 70 new jobs over the next five years.

MaxiTRANS, a Trans-Tasman semi-trailer maker, has pulled up the roller door at their state-of-the-art facility in Carole Park.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said by choosing to join Ipswich’s rapidly growing manufacturing hub, MaxiTRANS has shifted up a gear.

“Ipswich is the advanced manufacturing centre for South East Queensland and we welcome MaxiTRANS to the many already established companies that are based in our city,” Mayor Harding said.

“Logistics, defence and manufacturing will continue to play an important role in our city’s economy, through and beyond the pandemic recovery.”

“Ipswich welcomes State Government investment in Queensland’s fastest growing city.”

Economic and Industry Development Chair Cr Nicole Jonic, Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding present MaxiTRANS CEO Dean Jenkins with a plague at the official opening of the MaxiTRANS facility at Carole Park

Construction of the new purpose-built facility created 64 jobs with the expansion to see up to 70 new jobs over the next five years.

Economic and Industry Development Chair Cr Nicole Jonic said MaxiTRANS had built a world class facility in Carole Park.

“By MaxiTRANS moving their headquarters and manufacturing to Ipswich, they are able to expand and grow their capabilities,” Cr Jonic said.

“This means more jobs for Ipswich workers and economic growth more broadly which benefits everybody.

“It is also presents opportunities for educators, such as TAFE, to work with MaxiTRANS to provide specialised skills development programs.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles, MaxiTRANS’ Cheryl O’Shea, Member for Jordan and Assistant Minister for Treasury Charis Mullen, Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the government was providing support to manufacturing businesses to grow and create more local jobs.

“The existing workforce is anticipated to double, with the current 70 staff moved into the new facility and up to 70 new operational jobs expected to be created over the next five years,” he said.

MaxiTRANS Managing Director and CEO Dean Jenkins said the new facility was an exciting expansion for the company, its workers and customers in industries including agriculture, mining, construction, waste management and bulk, as well as the food and grocery sector.

“Our existing facility in Richlands predominantly made bulk transport trailers,” he said.

“With the help of the Queensland Government, we have a new facility that will give us more scope and flexibility to expand our Australian manufacturing capability, as well as further bolster our aftersales support here in Queensland.”

Ipswich has a wealth of available industrial land suited to both light and heavy manufacturing, serviced and linked to established heavy transport infrastructure.

The Ipswich manufacturing sector generates $2.3 billion in exports for the city’s economy and creates $1.368 billion annually in local consumption.

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