Don KRC’s expansion receives Victorian Government support

Posted by James Ferre on 24th August 2009

Don KRC has received backing from the Victorian Government for their plan to boost plant capacity while reducing emissions.

The Victorian Government said they were keen to support the major investment by Castlemaine’s largest employer, which will create 480 jobs and improve the town’s energy and water efficiency.

The smallgoods subsidiary of George Weston Foods will receive a $3 million grant to drive an expansion worth over $150 million.

“George Weston Foods is already a major employer in central Victoria and this initiative provides additional jobs that will provide great opportunities for the region’s workers and boost the region’s economy,” Premier John Brumby said. “This $3 million grant will help to facilitate vital new water and energy efficiency jobs that will generate 280 jobs during construction and another 200 jobs at the Castlemaine plant, locking in the future prosperity of the region.”

The planned $150 million expansion will see the building of a 4 megawatt cogeneration unit – harvesting rain water and waste heat recovery to support additional production at the expanded facility.

The energy saving initiative has been made in conjunction with the three other leading Castlemaine businesses and with assistance from the CSIRO.