Power Systems Australia, a maker of diesel and gas generators, has announced that plans for a new factory at Geelong could hire up to 300 workers, many of them former Ford Australia employees.
The ABC reports that Power Systems employs 22 workers at its Campbellfield factory, and the appeal of opening a Geelong site would be a workforce which already had the skills to do the job.
"There is the opportunity to tap into a workforce of talented people without having to go through full retraining from the ground up and that's the attraction," PSA’s managing director Adrian Reedman told the ABC.
About 600 workers would lose their jobs in October 2016, the date Ford has set for ending its manufacturing operations in Australia.
Reedman said, "It will provide a natural transition for Ford workers into a new manufacturing initiative right here in Geelong," according to the Geelong Advertiser.
Dave Smith from the AMWU said that the plans were excellent news.
"The Ford workers here have done it pretty tough for some time now and for a company to have the confidence to come to Geelong and have the confidence in the skills that they bring ... is fantastic news," he said.