Big­gest in­vest­ment cel­e­brated

South Waikato News - - Conversations - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A Toko­roa based com­pany’s lat­est ex­pan­sion project is music to the Gov­ern­ment’s ears.

Blue Pa­cific Min­er­als cel­e­brated it’s of­fi­cial open­ing of its $11 mil­lion in­vest­ment on Fri­day.

Min­is­ter of Re­sources and Energy, Si­mon Bridges, said the min­eral ex­trac­tion and pro­cess­ing com­pany was the lat­est ex­cit­ing ex­port story.

‘‘That’s just music to the Gov­ern­ment’s ears be­cause we have quite an am­bi­tious goal of hav­ing our ex­ports as 40 per cent of our GDP by 2025.

‘‘You are do­ing that here, tak­ing your prod­uct through­out the Pa­cific Rim and fur­ther a field.’’

The con­struc­tion of a 4500 square me­tre build­ing houses a new state of the art ze­o­lite pro­cess­ing plant.

This in­cludes the up­grade of quarry equip­ment, stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and ex­pan­sion of other build­ings.

Driven by mar­ket de­mand for more dried min­eral ore the multi mil­lion dol­lar project al­lows growth into new mar­kets in Aus­tralia and Asia.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dave Hill said sev­eral new con­tacts in Aus­tralia were re­cently ‘‘sewn up’’.

‘‘To­day marks the next stage in our plans to be­come the num­ber one ze­o­lite and per­lite pro­duc­ers in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

‘‘This fa­cil­ity al­lows us to ser­vice large in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

‘‘I guess be­ing the grand­chil­dren of con­victs some­times these guys re­ally come through

‘‘This fa­cil­ity al­lows us to ser­vice large in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.’’ Dave Hill

for us.’’

Over 1200 ship­ping con­tain­ers are ex­pected to leave the Toko­roa site this year.

A fur­ther 2000 is forecast next year.

A strong sup­porter of lo­cal growth, South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair told Si­mon Bridges ‘‘look what lit­tle peo­ple can do’’.

‘‘We need the sup­port of sub re­gional eco­nomic poli­cies be­cause we fit in un­der­neath the radar of re­gional. Give us a hand.

‘‘Did you know min­is­ter that all the roads of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance start here in the South Waikato?’’

He said share­hold­ers, Paul Tid­marsh, Dave Hill and gen­eral man­ager Grant Fun­nell, were typ­i­cal ex­am­ples of busi­ness lead­ers in the dis­trict.

‘‘We have great com­mu­nity busi­ness peo­ple just like them. They fit into our busi­ness com­mu­nity.

‘‘Coun­cil and Blue Pa­cific share the same dream as be­ing sus­tain­able as a busi­ness in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It is good news for the con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth of Toko­roa and South Waikato.’’

Na­tional MP’S Hon Si­mon Bridges,louise Up­ston and mayor Neil Sin­clair cel­e­brate eco­nomic growth in the South Waikato.

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