Lamb company is Colac Otway’s top business

Celebrating Australian Lamb Company’s regional Busines Excellence Award win are, back from left, Polwarth MP Terry Mulder, Mick Bird, managing director John Verrall, Paul Allen, Mick Grant, Ewan Johnstone, Barb Davis. Front from left, Janet Bird, Jayne Verrall, Kaye Ferrari, Jo McMahon, Adam Scherger.

Celebrating Australian Lamb Company’s regional Busines Excellence Award win are, back from left, Polwarth MP Terry Mulder, Mick Bird, managing director John Verrall, Paul Allen, Mick Grant, Ewan Johnstone, Barb Davis. Front from left, Janet Bird, Jayne Verrall, Kaye Ferrari, Jo McMahon, Adam Scherger.

AUSTRALIAN Lamb Company Colac has another reason to celebrate after taking out the Business Excellence Award at this year’s Powercor Colac Otway Business Awards.

The company also walked away with the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the annual awards ceremony.

Human resources manager Jo McMahon said it was an honour to receive the award after only a year under new ownership.

“It’s amazing, we’ve only been Australian Lamb Company for 12 months, although we’ve been in the community for 14 years,” Ms McMahon said.

“We’ve come leaps and bounds in the last 12 months and we’ve got a $22-million expansion happening over the next five years and lots of projects happening and we’re employing more and more people,” she said.

ALC employs more than 400 people at the Colac site and a planned expansion could create a further 200 jobs by October 2017.

Ms McMahon said the company believed it was important to support the Colac community.

She said the awards were a reflection on the hard work from the company’s employees and were motivation to continue improving the business.

“It’s nice to be recognised and to know that we are doing a good job,” she said.

“It helps us know that we are doing what we’ve set out to do and are succeeding in our job and providing the right kind of services.

“It is a confidence boost knowing that people appreciate what we’re doing and will be some motivation to continue.”

ALC was one of 15 businesses to receive an award during the business awards hosted by Powercor and Otway Business Inc at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre at the weekend.

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