More than 25 new full-time jobs will sprout at an Adelaide Hills-based high-tech mulch manufacturer following a $2.24 million expansion.
Supported by two State Government funding programs, Neutrog Australia will expand production of its revolutionary WhoFlungDung straw mulch, and build a 984m2 warehouse to store the finished dry product.
A $270,000 Regional Development Fund grant and a $1 million Future Jobs Fund Loan will help the company create an additional 27 full-time positions, including technicians, researchers, tradespeople and logistics personnel. Up to 45 jobs will also be created during construction.
As part of the project a new specialist baling machine will be purchased, to compress and pack the mulch into the bales, a process that is currently carried out in New South Wales but eventually will be undertaken at the Adelaide Hills site.
Located at Kanmantoo, Neutrog Australia Pty Ltd is one of the largest and most technologically progressive biological fertiliser manufacturers in Australia. The company currently employs 42 full-time equivalent staff.
Neutrog Australia Pty Ltd was established in 1988. The company operates as a fully integrated enterprise with key processes that include sourcing of raw chicken manure from growers where it is delivered on-site and then processed by composting, screening, mixing, drying, pelletising and bagging.
Neutrog’s research led it to develop a sustainable chicken manure fertiliser generation system, culminating in a new product called WhoFlungDung – an inoculated mulching straw/wood – which was previously a processing byproduct.
The Regional Development Fund (RDF) has been independently assessed by Ernst and Young. This assessment showed that projects supported by the RDF in the 2016/17 financial year alone would make an economic contribution to the state of over $1 billion and create over 3000 regional jobs.
The 2017-18 State Budget also included $200 million towards a Future Jobs Fund to drive employment in South Australia and create ongoing jobs in the following key sectors:
- Health and biomedical research;
- IT and advanced manufacturing;
- Renewable energy and mining;
- Shipbuilding and defence; and
- Tourism, food and wine.
A total of 57 businesses have received offers of funding so far, for projects that will create 3200 jobs in high-growth sectors. Supported businesses include Fleet Space, Entech Electronics, Robern Menz, MG Engineering, Como Glasshouse and Berry Sensation.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis
Jobs are Labor’s number one priority, and that is evident – yet again – through this project that will create about 70 ongoing and construction jobs, predominantly in the Adelaide Hills.
The Adelaide Hills have always been a highly productive part of South Australia and by backing Neutrog Australia, we can create even more opportunities in the region.
This innovative project will create a wide variety of jobs now and into the future, in areas including logistics, trades and research.
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
Neutrog Australia is a perfect example of how a combination of innovation and science are transforming South Australia’s economy.
The Regional Development Fund is contributing to the prosperity of the Adelaide Hills region by helping to build confidence and jobs through investment in manufacturing technology at Kanmantoo. I commend the innovation I’m seeing in the Adelaide Hills.
Quotes attributable to Angus Irwin, Managing Director, Neutrog Australia Pty Ltd
Neutrog is investing heavily in our Adelaide Hills premises so it’s wonderful to have the support of the Regional Development Fund to help us take our WhoFlungDung mulch to a new level of production.
We’re looking forward to this next stage in our company’s growth, and the positive impacts that will have in our region and community.