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NIOA has officially opened its new $11 million Brisbane office tower.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton this week officially opened the tower, unveiling a commemorative plaque in the five-storey building in front of defence industry stakeholders, community leaders and business partners.

The Eagle Farm facility – home to NIOA’s corporate headquarters, warehouse and distribution centre – accommodates more than 100 staff including project managers, engineers, administration and operational personnel. The company has more than doubled its Brisbane workforce since moving to the Eagle Farm facility in 2014.

NIOA is Australia’s largest privately-owned supplier of firearms, weapons, ammunition and technical support to military, law enforcement and commercial markets.

Minister Dutton congratulated NIOA on its achievement and said the Federal Government would 'continue to focus on support of defence industry over the coming decade.'

NIOA CEO Robert Nioa said the new Brisbane tower added 1445sqm of space, adjacent and connected to the existing 8000sqm facility in the Brisbane Airport precinct.

“We are delighted to open this building which will give us the capacity to grow into the future,’’ he said. “Not only is it a significant moment in our near 50-year history, but it also creates the best environment for our loyal employees and is a clear demonstration to all our customers of NIOA’s long-term commitment to delivering world-leading products and technologies.’’

The upper levels will house the executive team, project managers, weapons and munitions engineers as well as the dedicated Land 159 team.

NIOA is the prime contractor for Stage 1 of Tranche 1 of the Land 159 Lethality Systems program to modernise the Army’s weapons systems.

The Brisbane extension is part of a $130 million capital investment by NIOA which includes a $60 million artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough with joint-venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions, a $13 million upgrade of the Australian-government owned munitions plant at Benalla in Victoria and a $2 million refurbishment of its Canberra office.

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