Roma-based livestock producer and meat processor Elliott Agribusiness is set to employ up to 12 staff over the next three years, and ramp up exports of lamb and beef thanks to support from the Palaszczuk Government's $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
Elliot Agribusiness purchased the processing plant in 2014, enhancing their lamb, beef breeding and finishing operation to a fully vertically-integrated lamb and beef production and meat processing business.
The premium beef and lamb business is owned and managed by Shane and Jane Elliott and their family in the heart of the Maranoa. It is a small family operation, which sees them retain ownership of their product up to the customer's door.
The business supplies high-quality Queensland-produced and processed lamb and beef to retailers right throughout the state.
Mr Elliott said there had been a resurgence in the lamb industry in Queensland over recent years and they were in the perfect position to enhance Queensland produced and processed meat products to their customers.
"The plant currently processes approximately 10,000 lambs, 1,250 cattle and 500 goats per year servicing a well-established client base of approximately 21 high-quality boutique butchers in south east and south west Queensland," he said.
With the grant the business will refurbish the chilling and secondary processing facilities at their food processing plant, allowing them to increase their capacity to process products for customers and contract processing for local livestock producers.
"This grant will allow us to employ an additional six staff, bringing our workforce to 12 employees," Mr Elliott said.
State Development Minister Kate Jones said the government was proud to partner with the private sector to deliver projects that create jobs in regional Queensland.
"We are facing one of the most difficult times in our state's history. But we know that to create jobs and rebuild Queensland's economy, we must invest in projects like this in regional Queensland," Ms Jones said.
"This means more jobs and the ability to process and sell more meat."