Performax International has been nominated for Queensland wide training award. Pictured on the truck conversion line is production manager Shane Hollindale, Commercial manager Sandy Wheeler and HR officer Melanie Eitmann.
Performax International has been nominated for Queensland wide training award. Pictured on the truck conversion line is production manager Shane Hollindale, Commercial manager Sandy Wheeler and HR officer Melanie Eitmann. Craig Warhurst

Car business in race to win award

GYMPIE car importers and converters, Performax International, are finalists in the 2012 Manufacturing Skills Queensland Awards to be announced in Brisbane tonight.

Performax is Australia's leading and largest importer, converter and retailer of American performance vehicles, delivering more than 200 vehicles a year around Australia, engineered at its Drummond Dr factory.

Tonight it is up for the Large Employer of the Year Award.

Performax HR officer Melanie Eitmann said the nomination meant a lot to the rapidly expanding company.

"It's recognition of what we put into the community and the opportunities it can give our staff," she said.

The award recognises Performax's "dedication to training", particularly for its mature workers.

The company's new program has given employees the chance to gain qualifications in automotive vehicle body and sales, competitive manufacturing, business administration and management and leadership, improving productivity, capability, culture and morale throughout the organisation.

Under the new program 60% of the Performax workforce has had training and 75% of those have been mature aged.

On top of the 10 awards categories, an honorary award will be given to a Manufacturing Industry Champion for 2012, to acknowledge and reward outstanding contribution to the industry.

Queensland Manufacturing Industry Solutions CEO Jim Walker said developing and recognising the next generation's skills through the MSQ awards was key in developing the sector.

"The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the dedication of individuals, employers, schools and students to improving industry standards and moving Queensland manufacturing forward."

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