FAM­ILY ETCHED INTO HIS­TORY

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

BEST IN BUSI­NESS: The foundry in ac­tion at White In­dus­tries, Dalby.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KEEP­ING IT IN THE FAM­ILY: Sa­man­tha, Neil, Yvonne, Bob, Bruce, Ni­cholas and Craig White.

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