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Defence factory plan for Melbourne

Herald Sun // July 08, 2014

Victoria’s beleaguered manufacturing sector has received a boost with the state to host a $10 million factory making hi-tech defence force equipment.

Wilcox Industries, a US company that makes equipment for soldiers and police, has partnered with Australian supplier Aquaterro to build the factory. Melbourne’s southeast is the likely location.

Wilcox is a key supplier to the US military and the Victorian plant will be its first overseas facility.

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Victorian businesses have secured about 70 per cent of contracts awarded in Australia so far under the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program, according to the State Government.

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