golden cel­e­bra­tion

Goldacres re­cently marked its 40th birth­day with an event show­ing off its his­tory and suc­cess. Har­ri­son Hunkin re­ports

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Sprayers Feature -

It’s an ex­cit­ing time for Vic­to­rian-based sprayer man­u­fac­turer Goldacres as it turns 40 years old this year. As part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the com­pany re­cently in­vited cus­tomers to its Mitchell Park pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity just out­side of Bal­larat for the Goldacres Expo18, a recog­ni­tion of the com­pany’s his­tory and suc­cess.

I was for­tu­nate enough to at­tend the event and couldn’t help but feel a huge sense of pride when tour­ing the im­mac­u­lately clean and in­tri­cate pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent state of ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia.

Goldacres be­gan in the town of St Arnaud in 1978, pro­duc­ing trail­ing sprayers. Over time it has moulded to the re­quire­ments of the in­dus­try, now pro­duc­ing a di­verse range of prod­ucts in­clud­ing spread­ers, three-point link­age sprayers, chem­i­cal han­dlers and its flag­ship self-pro­pelled range.

The Expo also show­cased some blasts from the past like its sixth-ever trail­ing sprayer dat­ing back to 1978, as well as the com­pany’s first ever self-pro­pelled Crop Cruiser from 1998.

“We have over 80 prod­ucts on dis­play here over the next two days,” Goldacres’ sales and mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions manager Stephen Richards says.

More than 500 peo­ple at­tended the two-day event which fea­tured rides and drives, fac­tory tours, sup­plier dis­plays and demon­stra­tions. What rolls off the end of the Goldacres pro­duc­tion line is a world-class sprayer pieced to­gether by an Aus­tralian fam­ily-owned com­pany, in an Aus­tralian town, by lo­cal hard­work­ing, skilled work­ers – it’s a spe­cial process and one I was proud to wit­ness.

Happy 40th birth­day, Goldacres.

Above: Goldacres wel­comes cus­tomers to its Mitchell Park pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity just out­side of Bal­larat for the Goldacres Expo18 Left: A Goldacres sprayer un­der construction at its Mitchell Park pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity

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