Opus gets $100,000 grant to relocate presses and create jobs

The group's book division, McPherson's Printing, is moving a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 and Roland 305 from the Mulgrave, Melbourne site that closed in January to the other McPhersons factory in regional Victoria.

The relocation project is due to be completed by the end of July, said Opus chief executive Cliff Brigstocke.

"The industry has seen significant changes to ordering cycles, with a requirement to reduce lead times [and] printing less, more often," he told ProPrint.

"Bringing these presses on site enables us to assist our customers in this regard by having covers and illustration sections printed onsite, allowing the entire book production to be consolidated on one site."

[Related: Opus moves Mulgrave press to Canberra]

The cost of the $400,000 project has been eased by a $100,000 grant from Regional Development Victoria.

"The company is extremely appreciative off the support given by the Victorian government," said Brigstocke.

"The grant came as a result of discussions McPhersons had with Regional Development Victoria when the company was investigating possible locations within the group to relocate presses.

"RDV and the Victorian government realise the valuable role we play in this community and support the retention of existing jobs and creation of new positions in regional Victoria."

Relocating the two colour sheetfed presses will allow Opus to employ eight new staff and retain 12-15 local jobs in finishing and binding, said Victoria's parliamentary secretary for regional development, Damian Drum.

"The new printing capabilities will also secure the future of the Maryborough plant, which is a major local employer with over 190 staff," said Drum.

"By investing in this significant local company we can ensure that Victoria continues to offer high quality services to respected names in domestic and international publishing."

The grant came from a $10 million fund that was established to help businesses recover from the 2011 floods.

[Related: Ups and downs of Opus]

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