It is pleasing to see that there are businesses in the Geelong
region working hard to be at the forefront of innovation, and
emerging to be leaders within their industry. The Australian Lamb
Company (ALC), based in Colac, is one example.
With new production numbers, innovative new processes and
cuttingedge systems, work is now available for local people from
our region within a company that can offer ongoing, secure
ALC has recently secured a contract with Coles, together with a
multimillion-dollar expansion, which has safeguarded its future. It
means more jobs and more opportunities for our region, which is a
great story for southwest Victoria.
ALC is in the process of introducing "next generation" robotics
to its meat processing chain, following a successful $516,000 grant
application to the Federal Government's "Next Generation
Manufacturing Investment Program". ALC is among 13 successful
Victorian firms to share in $16.2 million through this program.
ALC will also contribute $1.477 million to the technology
upgrade, which will help automate operations at the Colac plant.
The robotics will be part of the company's multimilliondollar
expansion and improvements, which will secure about 600 jobs at
Colac. This will see ALC continue to be the best lamb processor now
and long into the future.
In more good news for our region, ALC will hire 60 new positions
after a successful deal to supply Coles with lamb chops. The
10-year contract has just started, with a newly upgraded processing
and production facility.
However, these lamb chops don't just appear. ALC employs a
dedicated workforce in Sunshine and Colac that, through the
requirements and direction from customers, processes and produces
only the best quality lamb cuts. In order to do this, ALC's
dedicated livestock team sources the best livestock from farmers of
ALC has a workforce in excess of 500 who, using skills taught by
dedicated supervisory staff and trainers, get up early each morning
or work late each night to give their best and ensure quality
standards are met. It's not just a job, it's a skill, it's a
profession and it's a desire to be good at what they do.
It is also encouraging to see a local business like ALC work
through the pressures of meeting the stringent export requirements
of many countries.
ALC's persistence in this area has ensured it can export to over
60 countries worldwide. This means that lamb bred in our region can
be tasted at the best restaurants all over the world.
It is even more encouraging to see the need to source enough
employees to ensure ALC can meet the growing production demand.
As Geelong transforms, it is vital that more local businesses
innovate and look for new ways to grow. While government support is
very welcome, a contributory factor to the success or failure of
our region lies in the actions of the business community.
Rebecca Casson is the Committee for Geelong CEO. Twitter:
Information on ALC's recruitment can be found here: www.austlambco.com.au