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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    $89 million manufacturing expansion to spur construction growth

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    $89 million manufacturing expansion to spur construction growth

    Building product industry giant James Hardie Industries today announced an $89 million expansion in South East Queensland in a major boost to one of state’s economic pillars.

    The company announced this morning they would make the substantial investment to increase manufacturing output at their site in Carole Park near Ipswich.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the move would strengthen the construction industry and reaffirmed Queensland was the place to do business.

    “We are committed to getting out there, promoting great opportunities in Queensland and James Hardie’s announcement today shows businesses are listening,” Mr Seeney said.

    “The investment comes off the back of a successful business visit the Premier and I made to Sydney in August 2012.

    “Investments of this size in the current climate don’t come lightly and our government worked with James Hardie executives for many months to secure this for Queensland.

    “It proves large multinational companies really see the work the Newman Government is doing to encourage economic growth in our state.

    “James Hardie has been in Queensland for several decades and this investment is a sign that they will be here for many decades to come.”

    The expansion is set to increase manufacturing output by 40 per cent and increase the range of products going out the door.

    “It will also incorporate substantial technology into the facility and greatly improve product quality,” Mr Seeney said.

    James Hardie Industries General Manager Shane Dias said Queensland was a strong market for Hardie’s products and the company was optimistic about growth in demand for its building products in the state.

    “This was an important factor in us deciding to build new manufacturing capacity in Queensland,” Mr Dias said.

    Mr Seeney congratulated the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning who worked closely with James Hardie to address all major criteria and considerations for the investment.

    “My department helped James Hardie executives explore several expansion options, assisted discussions with utility providers, addressed numerous site issues and ultimately built a strong business case for why the investment should be made in Queensland,” he said.

    “Ipswich City Council also played a significant role in encouraging the expansion at Carole Park and I thank them for the role they played in getting this project off the ground.”

    [ENDS] 23 May 2013

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