Regional Development Victoria

Major Australian air-con maker moves to Wodonga

Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer Seeley International is relocating across the Murray to Wodonga, creating more than 300 new Victorian jobs in the process, thanks to the Victorian Government.

In a move announced in July 2017 and backed by the Victorian Government’s Premier’s Job and Investment Fund and Australia’s lowest payroll tax rate, Adelaide-based Seeley International has decided to make Victoria home and expand its operations.

The company plans to build a new manufacturing facility to support future growth and help supply heating and cooling systems to key markets in Melbourne and Sydney.

The project includes a research and development centre to drive innovation and products, as Seeley’s look to grow their market share using the very best in technology and design. The existing Seeley workforce will be up-skilled at regional training facilities including the Wodonga Institute of TAFE, as they look to take on the world.

The move will see the creation of 205 new manufacturing jobs, including new jobs for specialist engineers at the research and development centre, with an additional 76 jobs created through the supply chain. Construction activity is expected to create a further 22 jobs.

At the announcement, Jon Seeley, Seely’s Group Managing Director said, “We’re delighted to confirm this announcement which for us is a very significant investment.”

“We’ve got quite an aggressive program, we hope to have that factory built and us moving in within approximately 18 months,” he said.

Regional Development Victoria was strategically involved in the detailed negotiations to secure the investment at Wodonga.

Seeley exports to more than 120 countries with a network of sales offices in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and France.

Victoria is Seeley’s single largest market, making up about 55 per cent of Australian sales.

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