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PACCAR set to add 120 new jobs in Bayswater

While layoffs and enforced furloughs of staff are a sad reality this year, commercial vehicle builder, PACCAR Australia, announced today it was set to buck the trend.

In a boost for Australian manufacturing and the local economy, PACCAR Australia is in the process of recruiting more than 120 people for its Bayswater manufacturing facility.

Customer demand for trucks has driven the need for increased truck production in the coming months, resulting in growth in the factory workforce and related engineering and administrative support at its head office in Melbourne.

“The current operating environment globally is uncertain, and especially in Victoria at the moment, but we are immensely proud we are able to employ more people and support economic growth within the local community,” said Andrew Hadjikakou, PACCAR Australia Managing Director.

“We have been manufacturing Kenworths in Australia for 49 years and the majority of our suppliers of component parts are small-to-medium businesses, many of whom are local to our factory," he said.

In other words when PACCAR increases its production, they also increase their production.

The flow on effect through PACCAR's local supply chain, according to Hadjikakou, means many more people are affected than just the personnel it employs

“We hope our customers understand when they buy from us, as an Australian manufacturer, the choice they make positively impacts the lives of many Australians," he said.

“The increase in staff is not only a great boost for the local economy, but it’s great for morale and we look forward to welcoming our new team members as they continue to join the business over the coming weeks.

Despite the positive news, Hadjikakou said that COVID-19 had not left the company unscathed.

"Our operations team has worked to make manufacturing Kenworths and assembling DAFs at the plant in Melbourne safe for all workers according to the Government’s guidelines on social distancing and maintaining health standards,” he said.

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