A State Government initiative has helped a Sunshine West engine repair business create highly-skilled jobs for former automotive workers.
Cornell Diesel, which provides specialist repair services for diesel-powered vehicles, received a grant last year from the government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) program to build a new 4,000 square metre workshop.
As a result, Cornell will recruit 35 new staff with the majority of positions suitable for former auto workers. Four ex-automotive workers have already commenced work.
Cornell Diesel is a service agent for major manufacturers including Bosch, Denso, Delphi, Siemens VDO and Yanmar. For more than 40 years, it has specialised in remanufacturing, diagnosis, repair and parts sales for diesel engine systems. The demand for this work is growing. Cornell also repairs diesel engines for CDC Victoria, a bus company servicing communities in Sunshine, Altona and Werribee.
The Government’s LIFT program offers grants of up to $2 million to support business expansion in areas hardest hit by the closure of local car manufacturing. In Melbourne’s western suburbs alone, LIFT has supported 11 projects that are expected to create 334 new jobs.
“We know Melbourne’s west has been hit hard by the end of local car manufacturing, and these communities need certainty,” said Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan.
Many auto workers in the western suburbs lost their jobs last year when the Geelong Ford manufacturing plant closed down.