Western Meat Packers reopens after fire incident

Western Australian-based beef processors, Western Meat Packers, has reopened their $7 million headquarters in Osborne Park after it was destroyed by a fire, believed to have been caused by an electric fault, in November 2009.

Western Australia Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said the business had overcome enormous challenges to transform its Osborne Park property – formerly cold storage facilities – into a state-of-the-art processing centre.

Redman said the investment signalled a profitable and sustainable beef industry.

“This is a good day for the State’s beef industry, it’s a win for business, jobs, customers, farmers and the broader West Australian economy,” he said.

“I commend Western Meat Packers’ commitment to the industry. It would have been so easy to walk away after the fire but instead they were operating, albeit at limited capacity, just three months later and kept 250 jobs in place.”

Redman said the investment would boost Western Australia’s $500 million a year beef sector, create an additional 30 jobs, as well as give access to export markets.

“The State Government is committed to assisting this vital industry to cut through red tape and access emerging markets with the help of the WA Beef Council,” he said.

The expanded Osborne Park facility incorporates a freezer complex, boning room and cold stores.

Western Meat Packers Group was established in 1983 and has grown from a small family business to a major player in Western Australia’s meat industry.

Redman also welcomed Retail Ready Mince, which is a new local beef product for Western Australia consumers resulting from a partnership between Western Meat Packers and Coles.

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