Another Mid-North Coast manufacturer is expanding thanks to the Nationals in Government.

Last year, Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie announced Oxley Island manufacturer Croker Oars was successful in securing $663,000 towards an upgrade of its facilities as part of the Federal Government’s $25-million North Coast Jobs and Investment package. The company is continuing to press ahead with its expansion program as the $1.36-million machinery and energy efficiency project nears completion.

“This local manufacturer of oars and other rowing equipment has been in business for the best part of five decades and exports not only around Australia, but to all corners of the world,” Dr Gillespie said. “This project is creating an advanced composite manufacturing facility using new high-tech automation equipment and tooling, which also incorporates new energy efficient and waste reduction initiatives including the use of solar throughout the manufacturing process.”

“This expansion is helping to keep talent in our region with new skilled job opportunities, while also allowing the business to compete on the international market sustainably into the future.”

With the machinery upgrade and energy efficiency project now complete, the company now plans to expand its operations with the construction of a new shed.

Croker Oars has been operating for over 50 years specialising in the manufacture of crafted premium still water oars for the rowing community and the pink sleeve has become an international icon, recognisable from afar.

Croker Oars continues to innovate in the sport of rowing, always searching for new and improved technology to create quality products for rowers to perform at their absolute best.

Dr Gillespie congratulated the company on its vision and confidence for industry in the Manning Valley.

The company now employs 16 people.