State Development Minister Ian Taylor and Services Minister Tom Stephens today congratulated local company Comfortwear on being awarded a big share of a $400,000 a year contract to supply a variety of footwear to different State agencies.
Comfortwear Footwear (WA), based in Osborne Park, manufactures a range of footwear for markets including the defence forces, Government agencies and resource projects.
It has also made overseas sales on a significant scale.
Mr Taylor said Comfortwear won the contract against strong competition from a number of national companies.
Key factors in the award were Comfortwear's proven record as a supplier, the company's performance with the Government's quality assurance requirements and the State's Value for Money policy which emphasises the advantages of sourcing locally.
Mr Taylor said the contract was important to the company's ability to maintain production capacity and employment. It also reinforced Comfortwear's ability to market itself as a Government supplier, an important selling point which would help strengthen its reputation in overseas markets.
The award was particularly pleasing because Comfortwear had availed itself of a number of Government programs, including the National Industry Extension Scheme assistance for quality.
Mr Stephens said the tender showed the Government's purchasing policy was working to the benefit of local industry.