HQ her­alds fu­ture growth

Blue Pac leads way?

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Hopes are high that the new­est in­dus­try to open in the South Waikato will be the first of many.

Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als opened its new cor­po­rate head­quar­ters and pro­cess­ing plant in Toko­roa on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

In open­ing the fa­cil­ity South Waikato District mayor Neil Sin­clair said he hoped such cer­e­monies would be re­peated across the district in years to come.

He said sev­eral new em­ploy­ers were at dif­fer­ent stages of en­ter­ing the district.

Mata­mata-based fer­tiliser com­pany Seales has bought land near the Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als site on Brown­ing St.

The sale of the for­mer Carter Holt Har­vey mill in Pu­taruru is near­ing com­ple­tion.

The land will be used for a new in­dus­trial devel­op­ment.

A new meat works

is also planned for Pu­taruru.

Ti­rau is un­der­stood to be a po­ten­tial site of a busi­ness which could em­ploy as many as 65.

New dairy fac­to­ries in Toko­roa and Ara­puni now have re­source con­sent. Two new su­per­mar­kets are to open in Toko­roa in the next year. Na­tional elec­tron­ics chain Noel Leem­ings is open­ing a store in Toko­roa next month. Two other na­tional re­tail chains are un­der­stood to be look­ing at the town and a large Farm­lands store is un­der con­struc­tion in Pu­taruru.

There are also ru­mours of at least two new eater­ies planned for the district.

Mr Sin­clair said the South Waikato was awakening and in­dus­try and re­tail lead­ers were re­al­is­ing its po­ten­tial.

Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Hill said Toko­roa was an ap­pro­pri­ate base given its ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the com­pany’s quar­ries south of Toko­roa and at Ngakuru near Ro­torua.

It also gave the com­pany easy ac­cess to State High­way 1, a neigh­bour­ing rail­way, a labour force and nat­u­ral gas sup­plies.

Mr Hill said along with Seales the com­pany was in­ves­ti­gat­ing build­ing a rail sid­ing in Toko­roa.

A sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of the com­pany’s prod­ucts were ex­ported and the rail line would con­nect Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als with the Port of Tau­ranga.

The com­pany de­vel­oped a plant in Toko­roa sev­eral years ago, though its pri­mary premises have been in Wa­haroa since Blue Pa­cific was founded.

The com­pany pro­duces prod­ucts from the min­er­als ze­o­lite and per­lite. It em­ploys about 20 peo­ple in Toko­roa but Mr Hill said ex­pan­sion of the new fa­cil­ity was planned mean­ing new jobs.

RE­LO­CATED: Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dave Hill talks to South Waikato District mayor Neil Sin­clair about Toko­roa’s new­est busi­ness.

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