From The Archives

From the archives: Second sergeant in the family

By Shepparton News

June 1, 1973

Last Monday night, Corporal Allan Stothart was promoted to sergeant.

He was presented with his stripes by Major Stevens officer in command of C Company at a ceremony at Somme Barracks, Sabroan St, Shepparton.

Cpl Stothart has been in the CMF for nearly six years and he had a brother who was in the CMF, who became a sergeant also.

While out of uniform, Cpl Stothart works for the PMG in Shepparton.

Expansion means more jobs 

More jobs will be created when two Shepparton industries get set up on City Council's industrial estate in North Shepparton.

The Industries Victoria Gloves Pty Ltd and Dowell Australia Ltd have both bought two acres in the estate.

They are both hoping to have their factories built and be operating in the new premises before Christmas.

Both expect to more than double their present staff with they move.

Dowell Australia Ltd envisage their new premises will become a major manufacturing centre.

Shepparton branch manager Bill Harrington said it would be the first big manufacturing plant in the country of a major company which turned out these particular products.

At present, flywire screens, flywire doors and shower screens are made at the Shepparton High St premises.

But the company's biggest product is aluminum windows.

And Mr Harrington envisages these will be totally made at Shepparton within 12 months of moving to the new factory.

The expansion at Shepparton will ease pressure off the Melbourne factory and give better service to country builders and home owners.

The company's initial building off Numurkah Rd will be 100 ft by 150 ft, but this can be duplicated twice.

Mr Harrington hopes the building can be ready for occupation before Christmas.

He said his company suggested Albury when first deciding to establish a major manufacturing division between Sydney and Melbourne.

But it had bought land at both centres and would set up at both. 

Victoria Gloves, which manufactures lingere, night and casual wear, is anxious to "get cracking" on its new site as soon as possible.

A director of the company Emmanuel Hirsh said he hoped the first stage of the new factory would be ready for occupation before Christmas.

He said there would be 9000 square feet in the initial building and this would allow staff to be greatly increased.

Since last October the company has operated in temporary quarters at the Shepparton Youth Club and employs about 40 women.

Mr Hirsh said that when it moves to the new factory, it would employ at least 100 and possibly 150.

How much further this number would increased would be dependent on how rapid was the company's growth.