Canberra chips in $12m for Simplot UIverstone

Simplot Ulverstone has won a $12 million Liberal and Nationals Government grant to boost production and create and secure much-needed extra jobs for regional Tasmanians, local Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

“The company is contributing $37 million to the $49 million project with the remainder coming from the Regional Growth Fund secured by the Nationals in Government,” Senator Martin said.

“The project which upgrades the company’s potato processing facility will create 117 jobs during the three year construction period and, importantly, secure hundreds of existing jobs which could have been lost overseas.”

“I visited the plant only last week. It is a model company in every sense: they are major players in Foodbank and the day I was there they broke their 465 safety record,” Senator Martin said.

“It is a state-of-the-art potato processing factory employing more than 400 Tasmanians and buying about 300,000 tonnes of spuds from 150 Tassie farmers each year.”

“Agriculture is a huge part of the Tassie economy, but farming is not enough. We need companies like Simplot which value add and create more local jobs and more income for regional Tasmania.”

The Simplot site was developed in 1942 firstly as a rabbit skin factory, then a fishery. In 1995 the J.R. Simplot Company purchased the site and began trading as Simplot Australia