Local headware manufacturer expands

Rigon Headwear employees

Local manufacturers, Rigon Headwear, have hired 10 new employees in their 22nd year of business.

Expanding their space to five warehouses now in Gosford, co-partners, Tina and Peter Walcott, have a hunger to expand their business and provide more sun protection for the community.

Gosford MP, Liesl Tesch, says she’s thrilled to see local businesses thriving.

“There is no better feeling than seeing products, like these sun-safe hats, made right in our backyard and knowing your hard-earned money is going right back into local hands.

“We often under-estimate the power supporting local has for our local economy but seeing businesses like Rigon Headwear thrive reminds us all of the impact we can make.”

One of Rigon Headwear’s main clients is the Australian Cancer Council, with Rigon making every Cancer Council hat and 10 percent of the proceeds supporting cancer research.

Each one of their hats is rated UPF50, which means it blocks out 98 percent of UV rays, minimising the harm the sun can cause to us.

Peter Walcott says he’s proud of Rigon Headwear.

“We’re extremely pleased we’ve been able to keep expanding and we have created 10 new jobs for the region.

“It feels so great to expand our business and pass on our experience to the next generation of milliners right here in West Gosford.”

In celebration of Australian Made Week, Tesch is encouraging the community to invest locally.

“If you know me, you know I am so passionate about Australian-made products and I even have an “Australian Made” tattoo to prove it.

“We have an abundance of local products on the Central Coast and that means we have plenty of opportunities too, with investment here also supporting the expansion of local innovation into the future.”

Media release, May 24
Gosford MP, Liesl Tesch

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