ZIGGY’S Supreme Smallgoods is helping to create jobs in the northern suburbs with the help of a grant from the Tasmanian Jobs and Investment Fund.
Originally established by Ziggy Jakubowski and now owned by the Behrakis Group, Ziggy’s is an award-winning smallgoods manufacturer whose products are found right across Tasmania in delis, supermarkets and corner stores.
The nearly $140,000 Tasmanian Jobs and Investment grant is set to aid the business in undergoing a $412,000 redevelopment to expand its retail outlet at Moonah and purchase new equipment.
Behrakis Group property and development manager Peter Shires said the redevelopment would allow the business to offer a wider range of products.
“In turn, this will lead to further employment opportunities for people associated with trade,” he said.
“We will also be able to use the grant to fully utilise the business’ factory space, which was going unused as it was originally built with expansion in mind.”
Mr Shires said Ziggy’s had already employed 10 additional staff members.
“I think this is an exceptional outcome as we are only in the beginning of the redevelopment,” he said.
“The state and federal governments clearly recognised Ziggy’s potential to offer employment across a broad spectrum of areas, including low-skilled, semi-skilled and high-skilled positions.
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity and is perfect for the Glenorchy municipality, which has a high unemployment rate.”
Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom said that this was one of the first projects under the Tasmanian Jobs and Investment Fund to already start generating jobs.
“Businesses like Ziggy’s are the backbone of Tasmania’s economy and by backing Ziggy’s, we are backing local manufacturing and local jobs,” he said.
“With this grant, we are helping Ziggy’s to give more Tasmanians a go and a start in fantastic careers like retail and the butcher trade.”
The $24 million Tasmanian Jobs and Investment Fund is currently being rolled out across the state and is expected to generate nearly 800 new jobs and leverage nearly $100 million in additional investment.
Caption: Ziggy’s Supreme Smallgoods founder Ziggy Jakubowski, left, with Behrakis Group property and development manager Peter Shires.