Catten Industries - A boost for Manufacturers
Local sheet metal fabrication business, Catten Industries, received a $15,000 grant to upgrade equipment and machinery to support the manufacturing of COVIDSafe products such as hand sanitiser stands and signage.
Managing Director, Ian Cubitt, says the financial support from Council has helped him grow his business and widen their product range.
Catten Industries provides in-house services from design to delivery for a diverse range of products including signage, fittings, and furniture to support COVIDSafe environments for other businesses.
Ian’s business was fortunate to have remained busy throughout 2020, however staff were impacted as COVID-19 restrictions tightened.
“The grant has supported us in continuing to employ staff throughout the pandemic,” he says.
“We were only allowed to operate at an 85% staff capacity, but we are lucky that the business remained quite busy".
“We implemented new practices such as additional afternoon shifts to spread the workload.”
COVID-19 has shown the importance of building a self-sufficient manufacturing industry, supporting local production of essential items and reducing the risk of supply shortages.
The business recovery grants were designed to help businesses find new opportunities, and to adapt or respond to COVID-19 restrictions and impacts.
Council committed $465,000 in business grants and support programs as part of a package, which totalled $3 million in support for the community and business in response to emerging impacts of the pandemic.