The Morrison Government is backing two local companies in Griffith to modernise how they do business.

According to local MP Sussan Ley, a $100,000 grant to Calabria Family Wines will help the iconic winery develop a new and innovative membrane carbonation technology which is more accurate and efficient than traditional methods.

$97,700 has also been awarded to soil fertility specialists Converte to produce a new slow release organic fertiliser pellet based on natural minerals.

Included as part of the latest round of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, Ms Ley said
the support came at an incredibly important time for the local manufacturing sector.

“My government is committed to Australian manufacturing which can support small and medium sized businesses like this to strengthen their operations and create jobs.”

200 projects worth more than $215 million dollars are being supported through the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF).

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the projects are expected
to create 2,600 Australian jobs and were about preparing Australian manufacturing beyond COVID-19 and the challenges of today.

“We established the MMF before the coronavirus pandemic to help small and medium sized manufacturers invest in capital equipment and new technologies, to transform and upgrade their manufacturing operations,” Minister Andrews said.

“I am determined to further strengthen Australian manufacturing and the current pandemic gives us the opportunity as a nation to reassess and commit to the values of Australian-made goods.”

For more information and a list of all grant recipients is on the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund web page.