By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Although Seeley International is consistently growing its business, South Australian manufacturing has declined so steeply that it is no longer the state’s leading employer.

Although surpassed by the health care and social assistance industry as the leading employer, manufacturing in South Australia is still though the largest contributor to the state’s economy, though this proportion has dropped from 15 per cent to 11.7 per cent, according the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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A spokesperson for Seeley International, which manufactures air conditioners in its Adelaide factory, said that whilst the decline was evident, Seeley is still managing to thrive.

“There has definitely been a downward trend over that 10 year period. However, our staff numbers have increased over the last 12 months and we expect that trend to continue, given our strong sales and growth in market share, in both cooling and heating products.”

Seeley International also manufactures ducted gas heaters and gas cooktops in its Albury factory.