Aussie Biscuits staff were very pleased to have Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, as a guest at their factory in Forbes on Wednesday. Michael’s visit comes after the factory was given a $210,000 Federal Government grant through the Building Better Regions fund.
Attendees went on a very informative tour of the factory led by Employee and Production Supervisor, Natisha Humphries. During which Michael spoke with employees and asked them about their daily processes at work and about the products.
The factory, located at 98 Rankin Street, was established in 1976 as a business enterprise of House With No Steps to offer employment opportunity to people with disabilities.
“This grant will enable them to not just refurbish but also expand. It’s going to provide more opportunities to this business but also for the wider Forbes community.
The funding will change the lives of so many people in such a positive way,” Michael said.
Biscuits are made using only Australian products. The factory produces 39,000 biscuits a day and currently employs nearly 30 people with a disability.
Funding will go towards relocating the factory to the new premises in November providing much needed additional space. The tour was finished off with a biscuit tasting by Michael and Aussie Biscuits’ longest serving employee, Kevin Green. Kevin has been working for the business for 42 years.
By Gizell van Wyk