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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


MEDIA RELEASE - Why World Class Companies Locate in Macarthur


13 June 2008

$120 million investment flows into Picton

Over 130 business leaders attended the second MACROC CEO Breakfast Forum of 2008 that was held on Tuesday, 10 June at the Picton Bowling Club to listen to speakers Joe Di Leo, Managing Director, Allied Mills and Peter Skewes, Vice President Operations Australia, InterfaceFLOR give the audience their perspective on why locating their business in Macarthur gave their companies a strategic advantage.

Allied Mills is a flour miller and manufacturer of a broad range of flour-based bakery mixes with mill locations across Australia. Mr Di Leo explained to the audience, “The Picton site was chosen for a number of strategic reasons: it was a Greenfield site which provided us with flexibility, it was ideally located near major customers, ideally positioned for rail access from grain growing areas and there were ideal employment opportunities”.

“The Mill will commence operation in late 2008 and will be world’s best practice”, said Mr Di Leo. “Up to 30 staff will be employed and the company will expend over $90 million developing the site”.

Peter Skewes spoke enthusiastically about InterfaceFLOR, a carpet manufacturer committed to environmental sustainability. The Picton factory commenced operation in 1973 as the Heuga Company. In 1988 Interface, a US company purchased Heuga and today InterfaceFLOR operates in 110 countries around the world.

“In 2005 our company looked at the option of relocating but when we weighed up the advantages of the Picton location, reasonable land cost and a committed labour force, we decided that building on what we had already established was a far better option! We have doubled our workforce and trebled our output in 5 years”, said Peter, “and we are planning a $30 million expansion of the existing site in the near future. Picton has certainly worked for us!”

The MACROC CEO Breakfast Forums provide a useful opportunity for business people from across the region, and beyond, to meet and share ideas and discuss opportunities. The companies that attend the Forums are diverse, ranging from large companies like Broens Industries, to smaller business enterprises such as Tails the Drycleaners.

The MACROC CEO Breakfast Forums have become increasingly popular. “The increased attendance at the CEO Breakfast Forums indicates that these events are proving useful to the region’s business leaders who are keen to look at ways to improve their business success and to share their knowledge with their colleagues,” said Cr Elliott.

The last CEO Forum for 2008 will be held in Campbelltown on Tuesday 9 December. More information about the Forums can be obtained by calling MACROC on 4645 4937 and more information can be found on MACROC at

Media Contact:
Rob Elliott, President
Mobile: 0401718598


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