HQ heralds future growth
Blue Pac leads way?
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.