NSW Government support to expand South Nowra manufacturing company Nowchem has proved a resounding success, attracting major new clients and bringing an additional 17 full-time equivalent jobs.
A grant from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW, in collaboration with the NSW Office of Regional Development, has helped Nowchem establish a cleanroom facility for pharmaceutical and therapeutic product packaging.
Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Gareth Ward said Nowchem reports the expansion of its Flinders Industrial Estate facility has exceeded all expectations.
'Nowchem expected to hire 10 more staff, but instead have put on 17 permanent positions,' Mr Ward said.
'The company says the expansion has enhanced its reputation and new clients have come knocking, with two more international pharmaceutical companies from Sydney now added to the list of firms sourcing its high-quality products.
'This shows that NSW regional manufacturers can compete in high value globalised markets.'
Nowchem is a strong local employer with collaborations with the University of Wollongong on research, internships and a graduate program, while their traineeships with Nowra TAFE has also created jobs in a range of trades.
Nowchem Managing Director John Lamont said Jobs for NSW support helped establish the 'Thera Cell Filling Room'.
'The cleanroom facility will maximise efficiency as the company expands from manufacturing cleaning and industrial products to higher-value pharmaceuticals and therapeutic goods.
'Jobs for NSW’s support paid a portion of the project costs that helped cover design, consulting, and compliance in the crucial early stages,' Mr Lamont said.
'Without that funding, the project wouldn’t have got off the ground.
'It also allowed us to consult with local trades so they could comply with pharmaceutical manufacturing standards so we could employ local plumbers, air conditioning technicians, and civil construction companies. That gave a huge boost to the Shoalhaven economy as well as the 17 permanent jobs,' Mr Lamont said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business and Regional NSW John Barilaro said Jobs for NSW provides a range of support products for startups and fast growing businesses, from grants to loans and loan guarantees.
'Companies like Nowchem prove there is no disadvantage to being located in a region, particularly when competing internationally and if you are focused on quality,' Mr Barilaro said.