A new $3 million facility for Bundaberg barbecue manufacturer Grillex will help them expand into additional overseas markets, supported by the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.

Grillex (formerly Unisite Group) designs and produces a wide variety of outdoor infrastructure, including electric barbeques, street and park furniture, and shelters.

The company already exports to a number of countries, but is keen to increase production capacity to take on additional markets.

The new facility, to be based at Kensington industrial area near Bundaberg Airport, will include a 2,680 square metre warehouse and office complex, and an assembly line with the latest in manufacturing technologies.

Grillex General Manager Martin Rowland said the company was excited to start a new growth phase after recent work to streamline and futureproof business operations through lean manufacturing principles.

‘We started in the playground equipment industry, but after reaching a leadership position in that space we became proactive with research and development into new product lines, targeting our customer base of local governments, education providers, tourist parks and private enterprises,’ Mr Rowland said.

‘Our current team of 25 staff have worked hard to get us to this point, where in addition to supplying the domestic market we currently export to New Zealand, Fiji and Dubai, and are now looking to expand into European markets.’

TIQ Bundaberg and TIQ’s international team have worked with Grillex over a number of years to explore opportunities in both the UK and USA.

Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick said investment in the new facility would help accelerate the company’s expansion by 2 years, providing further economic stimulation and employment for the Wide Bay region.

‘Grillex is a great local success story: a family-owned business founded in 2006 that has grown to become one of Australia’s leading providers of outdoor community and leisure products,’ Mr Dick said.

‘Fifteen new jobs will be supported through this expansion, including manufacturing and technical jobs on the production line, as well as roles in sales, management and administration.

‘The new site build will commence shortly and is expected to support around 30 local construction jobs over a 12-month period.’

The Queensland Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund aims to help businesses grow throughout regional Queensland, with applications for funding accepted throughout the year.

Helping regional businesses to succeed in new export markets is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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