Ipswich City Council has approved a $400 million Japanese drink manufacturing facility at Swanbank which will create hundreds of short and long term jobs.

Last year, international drinks manufacturer Suntory purchased a 17ha industrial site southeast of Ipswich for the state-of the-art production facility.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said she was excited about major development and welcomed Frucor Suntory to the booming region.

“This project will deliver hundreds of local jobs … it shows there are significant benefits to global companies establishing their facilities in the city and being part of the local economy,” she said.

Queensland minister for trade and investment Cameron Dick said now the development had council approval, construction would start soon.

“The development … will create approximately 450 local construction and installation jobs,” Mr Dick said.

“160 new long-term jobs will be created when Frucor Suntory’s multi-beverage manufacturing facility becomes operational in mid-2024, which is great news for the region.

“The communities of Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Springfield and Ripley Valley are flourishing, and so too are the job opportunities.”

Mr Dick said the development would be a benefit to Queensland as well as the Ipswich region.

Source: Courier Mail


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