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Jobs boost for Portland


The Victorian Government is helping Portland prosper by securing a $1.97 million expansion of Keppel Prince Engineering’s wind tower fabrication facility, creating 50 new jobs and retaining 80 local wind tower manufacturing jobs.

In Portland today the Minister for Regional Development made the announcement which will increase manufacturing capacity and boost staff training.

Keppel Prince is an engineering business with expertise in renewable energy, industrial fabrication, maintenance and construction. It is Australia’s largest, and Victoria’s only, wind tower manufacturer. Currently the division manufactures 110 wind towers per year, supplying them to a number of renewable energy projects across the country.

The expansion will allow Keppel Prince to achieve production efficiencies and reduce current bottlenecks within its fabrication lines.

New machinery will be installed to deliver productivity gains, reduce operating costs and allow total production to increase to 175 towers per year making it more competitive against imported towers.

The upgraded facility will position the company to undertake further investment in its Portland site and grow its manufacturing capabilities to meet the anticipated 50 per cent increase in national demand for wind towers.

The Government is supportive of companies like Keppel Prince Engineering that are innovating, investing and employing local people in Portland.

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