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Lovell praises role of local businesses in COVID-19 fight.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used the one sitting day of State parliament last week to praise the work of two local business in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In what is a challenging time for all Victorians, Ms Lovell highlighted the work of Greater Shepparton business Med-Con and Echuca manufacturer Foodmach, in producing high quality surgical masks for use around Australia.

Med-Con is a family owned business and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was the only manufacturer of surgical masks in Australia. The company operated two machines at that time, producing medical masks for use all over the country. To meet the increased demand for surgical masks since the outbreak of COVID-19, Med-Con have increased their production lines to ten machines. The additional machines were manufactured by Foodmach, enabling Med-Con to ramp up their production to protect our frontline workers and the entire community.

On the invitation of Operations Manager Ray Stockwell, Ms Lovell recently visited the Med-Con factory to see how they have increased their production.

In her contribution, Ms Lovell said that in these dark days of COVID-19 that continue to impact our lives, she was proud to acknowledge the outstanding work of two local business in her electorate contributing to the fight against this global pandemic.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The new machines built by Foodmach, will enable Med-Con to produce a staggering 90 million surgical masks by Christmas. And every box that leaves the factory will be marked ‘Proudly made in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia’.

“I extend my congratulations and gratitude to the management and staff of Med-Con and Foodmach, two wonderful Northern Victoria businesses, for their amazing work that is helping Australia fight the war against COVID-19.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240  

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