Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Coolum in tow with caravanning boom

A leading Australian caravan manufacturer has rolled out a new $7.5 million 5,000 square metre facility in Coolum Eco Industrial Park.

ZONE RV is a locally-owned and operated business which manufactures and assembles composite caravans.

The off-road caravan specialists will continue to occupy 6,000 square metres in two facilities within the industrial park and, after just two years, is expanding its premises as a result of the growth in the caravan industry prompted by landlocked holiday-goers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ZONE RV’s new premises is on track to inject a forecast $31 million into the economy during construction and ongoing operations and will generate 124 new full-time positions.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, Mark Jamieson visited the ZONE RV headquarters this week to congratulate the local company on its success and thank them for their contribution to the region.

“I am pleased that ZONE RV has been, and continues to be, supported by council through its Sunshine Coast Economic Resurgence Plan,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The resurgence plan was set up in response to COVID-19, our goal being to provide support to local businesses and to assist the region’s economic recovery, by accelerating large shovel-ready construction projects such as this one.  

“The business support measures and incentives include a rebate on eligible development application fees and staged payment options for infrastructure charges.

“Council recognised very early in this pandemic that business support would be critical to how our region fared in the face of COVID and the resurgence plan was just one of many initiatives we implemented.”

ZONE RV Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Toft said he was very excited the new facility on the Sunshine Coast would have the biggest 3D printer in the Southern Hemisphere.

“At 22 meters x 5 meters wide, it is huge,” Mr Toft said.

“We’re hiring now and if you have an interest in automation, robotics and mechatronics, come and talk to us. We’re looking for apprentices, graduates, composite technicians and tradespeople,” he said.

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