FAMILY ETCHED INTO HISTORY
WHITE Industries has joined iconic Australian brands, including Akubra Hats and Coopers Brewery, in an exclusive business hall of fame. The Dalby-based company, founded by Bob White, has been a pillar of strength for the town for over 57 years, but this could be one of their finest hours.
WHITE Industries, Dalby’s local family-owned and operated business, has been forever etched into the history books after being inducted into a distinguished hall of fame.
National Family Business Day was celebrated last Tuesday. It recognises the great contribution family businesses make to the Australian economy, community and culture.
The event is organised by Family Business Australia, and the feature of the day is the announcement of the new inductees into the FBA Hall of Fame.
White Industries, which was founded in Dalby in 1960, was one of seven companies to be inducted this year.
White Industries CEO and director Craig White was stoked with the honour.
“I’m proud of the family and the business, immensely proud,” Mr White said.
“From dad’s humble beginnings to now, having passed to the second generation and run by we three brothers, Bruce, Neil and myself, is very rewarding.
“Now being recognised in business is an honour for the family and the team.
“For FBA to recognise us amongst the other winners, like Akubra Hats and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, is quite prestigious.”
Mr White said the staff within the manufacturing company were the secret to building a terrific reputation with sustained success.
“It’s great that all of the hard work we have put in is being recognised by the wider business community,” he said.
“I’m proud of all the staff. Their hard work from the shop floor right through to the boardroom has all contributed to this success.”
Family Business Australia CEO Greg Griffith said the National Family Business Day was about unsung heroes.
“These are businesses which have made an outstanding contribution to their community, their industry and the economy over a long period of time,” Mr Griffith said.
Along with White Industries, businesses inducted into the FBA Hall of Fame this year were Bremerton Wines (SA), Kyvalley Dairy Group (Vic), Luv-a-Duck (Vic), Catalano’s Seafood (WA), ActronAir (NSW) and King Living (NSW).
One of these businesses will be crowned the FBA’s Distinguished Family Business of the Year at an awards ceremony in Alice Springs next year.
The awards are a muchneeded form of celebration and unification for the family business industry, which employs about 50% of the Australian workforce.
Family businesses also account for about 70% of all businesses in Australia and the sector is worth about $4.3 trillion.
The average family business in Australia employs 37 people.
BEST IN BUSINESS: The foundry in action at White Industries, Dalby.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Samantha, Neil, Yvonne, Bob, Bruce, Nicholas and Craig White.