Victorian manufacturing company A F Gason Pty Ltd is adding at least 15 more tradies to its staff as part of a multi-million dollar investment.

The company is based in Ararat which is 198km west of Melbourne and 90km west of Ballarat.

The town has a population of less than 10,000 people so it's no surprise to learn that A F Gason is the biggest employer in Ararat.

While the company is currently seeking skilled welders and press brake operators, it manufacturers under the brand names Jindara and Eureka, providers of a leading range of combustion wood burning household heaters.

This is in addition to steel component manufacturing projects for other established brand name businesses.

A F Gason currently employs over 120 staff and is family owned with fourth generation family members active in the business.

Combining a range of services including laser cutting, powder coating, automated welding and assembly of a diverse range of farm machinery and industrial components A F Gason is embarking on a major new capital equipment investment in advanced laser cutting and materials handling.

The company expects to have its latest European technology based laser cutting and the related Stopa component storage system ready for commissioning in the first quarter of next year.

It will be an investment in the business of around $6 million and it will be housed in a new building on the company’s 3.5 hectare site.

A F Gason’s managing director Wayne Gason said that the company already has a highly skilled workforce and has a very active in-house and externally supported apprenticeship training program.

“We have always had a reliable and supportive workforce of principally local residents but currently we are looking to add at least 15 new employees to our team,” he said.

The Federal Government announced a $525 million funding package in the May Budget to address Australia's current skills shortage. The Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package will support the creation of 80,000 new apprenticeships.

Call A F Gason HR manager David Lay on 03 5352 2151 for details.

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