- Friday 11 August 2017
After 30 years in business, local company BizFurn is celebrating the next chapter in its business success with the official opening of a new $30 million purpose-built facility and plans for 60 additional jobs at Yandina.
The new facility will be the manufacturing and distribution hub for BizFurn which specialises in the innovation, design and manufacture of commercial and education sector furniture throughout the east coast of Australia.
Mayor Mark Jamieson joined BizFurn founder and managing director Denis Moore for the official opening today.
Mayor Jamieson said the re-investment by a company the size of BizFurn was a great result for local employment opportunities in the hinterland and a sign for positive business confidence in the region.
BizFurn’s investment is estimated to contribute $47.3 million to the local economy annually.
“BizFurn is a wonderful contributor to our local business community and a company that has shown continued support and confidence in our region during their 30-year history, with this investment being their sixth purpose-built facility in the Yandina area,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“It’s also great to see jobs being created in our hinterland close to where people live, helping to drive better quality of life and other benefits through reduced commute times.
“It’s this business growth and investment that helps to support business confidence in our region, but particularly in our hinterland where innovative companies such as BizFurn are succeeding and taking on the best our nation has to offer.
“This growth and confidence has also been supported by our Regional Economic Development Plan which sets a clear 20-year economic blueprint to build a high-value economy of choice for business, investment and employment.
“I’m very pleased to be here today with Denis and the BizFurn team to help them celebrate the official opening of their new facilities and their continued growth and success.”
Mr Moore said the official opening of the new facility was a celebration for BizFurn’s hard-working and dedicated staff and represented the next step for the business.
“My brother, a friend and I started this business 30 years ago from a shed in our backyard, so to get to this point and celebrate the official opening of a new $30 million facility and have a business worth $70 million, it’s a big achievement for my team,” Mr Moore said.
“We’ve continued to grow and expand our operations during that time with this being our sixth purpose-built facility, all located in the hinterland area.
“It’s important for us to continue to plan for the future, and this facility will allow us to continue to grow, with our current staffing of 120 people expected to increase to 180 staff by the end of 2018.
“We’ve kept our business in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland because ultimately this is where I wanted to live and wanted my kids to grow up, and even 40 years ago it was somewhere I could see had the potential to grow and provide education and job opportunities in the future.
“It’s also close to road and rail transport links that are critical for our business and has a very supportive council which has opened the doors to sustainable, progressive development and industry, like ourselves and others, which in my opinion is critical to a strengthening this region long-term.”
- BizFurn is a leading Australian company specialising in the innovation, design and manufacture of furniture for offices, schools, hospitals, libraries, universities and TAFE.
- The new facility in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Yandina represents a $30 million investment for the company.
- The company has 120 staff located at Yandina, six staff located in NSW and three in Victoria servicing clients primarily on the east coast of Australia.
- The company plans to increase the number of staff at itsYandina facility by 60 positions by the end of 2018.
- BizFurn join other large companies who have recently invested in new purpose-built facilities in the Sunshine Coast region including:
- Langs Building Supplies - $20 million investment in Caloundra and 100 new jobs
- The Happy Snack Company - $2 million investment in Landsborough
- Freeze Dry Industries – new state-of-the-art facilities in Yandina
- Epicurean Products – new facilities in Yandina.
Image caption: Mayor Mark Jamieson with BizFurn founder and managing director Denis Moore and BizFurn’s Yandina-based staff.