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Contract signed for first new factory

By Shepparton News

Thursday, August 23, 1973

Dowell Australia Ltd this week signed the contract with the city council for establishing its new factory in north Shepparton.

The company will be the first to establish on council’s industrial estate. 

Staff will be increased from 12 now employed at the High St premises to possibly 35 in 12 months. 

The company, the largest manufacturer of aluminium building products in Australia, will then make all the requirements for the area and will also be marketing aluminium house frames. 

The Mayor, Cr Kevin Riordan, classed the contract signing as “an important occasion in the history of Shepparton”. 

He said he was grateful the company had the foresight to see the area as one for expansion. He hoped the partnership between council and the company proved of benefit to both. 

The chief executive of Dowell (Mr Frank Williams) said Shepparton was his company’s first venture outside the city in 1965.  

It had proved such a successful distribution centre that others had since been set up in other states and the company now had 30 centres. 

“We have been well treated by Shepparton.”, Mr Williams said. 

Bruni and Bisogni have the contract to build the new factory, and the contract time is 20 weeks. 

Mr Williams said the company hoped to be in its new premises early next year. 

All windows and sliding doors, as well as new products now made at Shepparton would then be manufactured here. 

The company has the right to market the Alcoa Alframe system. These are aluminium frames which replace timber in brick-veneer homes.

Although the manufacturing cost is higher, there are less labor costs and prices have been frozen for 12 months.