Payroll boosts region
WITH six months of his apprenticeship still to go, being made redundant could have been a nightmare for Warwick's Andrew Politch.
But now the 22-year-old print machinist is fully qualified and loving his job at Warwick's APN Print.
Andrew was one of several workers to be laid off from the Southern Free Times when it closed its print press a year and a half ago.
However, he along with a couple of other workers, including fellow print machinist Dave Walker, were lucky enough to get jobs with APN Print within two weeks.
They are just two of about 60 workers working at the Kenilworth St site, most of whom are from the Warwick area and some of whom have moved here to work for the organisation.
Latest payroll figures released by the publishing company show $8.29 million is spent in Warwick on wages.
For 21-year-old Dave making the move has given him the opportunity to work as part of a bigger team.
"There are good work conditions and I enjoy working in a highly skilled job."
The print site has just brought in a new print machine and Dave has been given the responsibility of head printer. When he's figured the nuts and bolts of that he'll be moving on to train the others to use it.
The APN Print Site currently performs all stages of the printing process and is largest regional operation in Queensland.
About 100 publications are already printed each week at the Kenilworth St site.
The operation moved from a much smaller premises on Warwick's Albion St in 2010.
But back in town the Daily News, which is also owned by APN, employs close to 20 staff members, all of whom live in Warwick or surrounds.
Their wages are included in the $8.29 million wage Warwick wage input.