The Central Coast will soon be the home of an Australian beverage manufacturer, thanks to the NSW Government's Regional Investment Attraction Fund.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch announced funding that will allow Australian Beverage Contract (ABC) Filling to consolidate its existing facilities to the Central Coast, expand operations and create hundreds of local jobs.
"This funding will help the company establish a new facility at Lisarow with a food and beverage manufacturing plant, research laboratory, distribution centre, a restaurant and bar, brewery tours, education facilities, conference centre and a manufacturing plant to produce hand sanitiser and disinfectant," Mr Crouch said.
"ABC Filling is a world-class operation with expertise in the thriving manufacturing and craft brewing sectors, and I am thrilled we have won this investment opportunity which will bring business from interstate to our own region.
"The expansion will also facilitate growth of its in-house brand, Hawkesbury Brewing Co, which produces a broad range of beers including pale ales, lagers, stouts and Australia's first non-alcoholic craft beer."
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said ABC Filling's plans would create 144 new full-time equivalent jobs, over 120 construction jobs, and retain 35 existing jobs.
"This investment will advance manufacturing capability in the region, create training opportunities for local workers to upskill, while the new restaurant and brewery tours will contribute significantly to the Central Coast's already diverse tourism offering," Mr Barilaro said.
"This is exactly the kind of project the Regional Investment Attraction Fund is designed to deliver, and what the Regional Job Creation Fund is helping to bring forward after we announced the new $100 million fund recently."
ABC Filling Managing Director, Andrew Mawdsley said the company will benefit from having all its operations consolidated under the one roof, as it streamlines processes and allows the company to offer the best possible service.
"After careful consideration for our business' future we were overwhelmed by the team at the Department of Regional NSW and their support, expertise and vision for manufacturing on the Central Coast," Mr Mawdsley said.
"The NSW Government is rolling out the red carpet and not the red tape for manufacturers and I can't wait to deliver on the benefits this expansion will offer the Central Coast."