Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Reward for quality furniture factory

    25/02/2008 11:38 AM

    One of Western Australia’s most prestigious furniture manufacturers has been able to expand their business after receiving a grant for more than $25,000 from the State Government.

    Funding for the Fremantle Furniture Factory has been converted from a State Government loan into a grant after the company met milestones set out in the original agreement.

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Enterprise Jaye Radisich today congratulated the Fremantle Furniture Factory for meeting the funding agreement obligations and successfully converting their loan.

    “The Fremantle Furniture Factory has demonstrated great achievements in traditional and contemporary furniture making and the WA Government is proud to recognise the contribution the company brings to the State’s economy,” Ms Radisich said.

    Ms Radisich said the funding provided to the company was part of the WA Government’s South-West Industry Assistance Scheme - Furniture and Fine Wood Industries Program.

    She said this program highlighted the State Government’s commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable furniture industries using native hardwood regrowth and plantation timber in the South-West.

    Fremantle Furniture Factory managing partner Barry Williamson said the financial assistance provided by the State Government had enabled the company to expand its business and client base.

    “The funding enabled us to develop a new polishing room and clamping system - two initiatives that have helped our business grow,” he said.

    The company recently received the 2006 Furnishing Industry Association of Australia (WA) award and was a finalist in the 2005 Telstra Western Australia Small Business Awards.

    Ms Radisich said that since opening its doors 30 years ago, the factory had evolved from manufacturing furniture for the domestic and commercial market to producing high-quality customised furniture for domestic, commercial and institutional clientele.

    She said the factory had recently relocated its showroom and factory from Fremantle to larger premises in Willetton, enabling them to showcase a broader cross-section of traditional and contemporary furniture.

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