While manufacturing is not currently a significant contributor to Gross Regional Product (GRP) or employment, the industry has the potential to increase its value of output to become an important aspect of the Maranoa’s economy. It is anticipated that the manufacturing sector will expand in the coming years, as investors capitalise on the abundant natural resources in the region, and the Maranoa’s proximity to the CSG sector’s operations.
The manufacturing sector contributed $32.9 Million to the local economy in 2012/13, with an annual growth of approximately 3.3% per annum over the six years to June 2013. It is estimated that 53 manufacturing businesses operate in the Maranoa, with a focus on cypress timber milling, metal fabrication/engineering and game meat processing (primarily Kangaroo). The sector contributed $35.8 Million to the local economy in 2013/14.