Bright new fu­ture for El­ders

Move a new lease on life for busi­ness

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | BETTER BUSINESS - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

IF passers-by had been wan­der­ing what the grand new shiny build­ing is il­lu­mi­nat­ing from Gran­ite Belt Dr, then you’ve got your an­swer.

Af­ter more than two decades in its Ap­plethorpe lo­ca­tion, El­ders has packed up and shifted a lit­tle fur­ther to the north.

The lead­ing Aus­tralian agribusi­ness has opened shop and is trad­ing as usual.

El­ders Stan­thorpe man­ager and agron­o­mist An­drew Hen­noste said it was a wel­come move for both the staff and cus­tomers.

“I’ve been with the com­pany here for 18-plus years and the branch has al­ways been out there at Ap­plethorpe,” Mr Hen­noste said.

“Over the years the busi­ness has out­grown the Ap­plethorpe lo­ca­tion.

“The rea­son for the re­lo­ca­tion was to get a pur­pose-built shed to fit ev­ery­thing un­der the one roof rather than a bit of this and that, which is what it pre­vi­ously was.

“It com­plies with our busi­ness be­cause El­ders, as a mem­ber of Agsafe, is re­quired to have im­proved safety man­age­ment and co-reg­u­la­tions with govern­ment in place. So the build­ing is now com­pli­ant for those reg­u­la­tions.”

The move has been an ar­du­ous process, but staff are lov­ing the new fa­cil­ity.

“It doesn’t hap­pen overnight and a lot of boxes had to be ticked for us to get the move over the line,” Mr Hen­noste said.

“The new fa­cil­ity is nice and bright and all the staff seem happy. It just gives us more room and bet­ter lay­out and safer ac­cess to the high­way.

“We can buy bet­ter be­cause we can or­der big­ger vol­umes. We’re close to our main part of the busi­ness, which is the ap­ple mar­ket on the north side of town.

“I think we’re well si­t­u­ated now to main­tain our cus­tomer base and hope­fully have some growth.

“Some of our sup­pli­ers who’ve come in are cer­tainly very happy with the new fa­cil­ity.”

We’re big­ger and brighter now, so to speak.

— An­drew Hen­noste

■ El­ders is now lo­cated at 19 Gran­ite Belt Dr and can be phoned on 4681 9500.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

CHANG­ING UP: El­ders sales agent Amanda Warr and man­ager and agron­o­mist An­drew Hen­noste at the new fa­cil­ity on Gran­ite Belt Dr.

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