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Regional Growth Study Results are Near
REGIONAL GROWTH STUDY RESULTS ARE NEAR
Central government’s Regional Growth Study for the Manawatu-Whanganui Region that was hailed as a “game-changer” will soon be sharing the results that have been nine months in the making.
As a part of a number of high profile business events centred around the Central District Field Days this week, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy will be giving an overview of the regional study programme this Thursday , in advance of the study’s formal release expected in late May.
The Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study was commissioned in July last year to provide analysis of the region’s economy, identify its competitive and comparative advantages, and the actions needed to address constraints and develop opportunities.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said at the study’s announcement that the region had already identified its abilities as an innovation hub, and that the study would look at how the region could build on these strengths and identify further opportunities to promote economic growth.
“This update meeting is an opportunity for key industry members, business leaders and the interested public to meet and gain further understanding of the region’s development and future,” says Spearhead’s Craig Nash.
Spearhead will also be giving an update on the Central New Zealand Agribusiness Strategy, a regionally lead initiative focusing on driving regional agribusiness exports from $1.9 to $3.8 billion by 2025. The Strategy was initiated collectively by the eight councils within the Horizons Region, with the central government-funded growth study one of the first results of the unique collaboration.
“Our comprehensive agribusiness strategy is focused on understanding markets and maximising the value from our land, distribution infrastructure and investment. Our region has enormous potential, and a shared strategy across all councils is the key to moving the Manawatu-Whanganui region forward and increasing our contribution to the country.”
The Regional Growth Study and CNZAS update session will be held Thursday 12th March from 3-4pm in the FoodHQ marquee at CD Field Days.
Proliant Owner Makes First Visit
PROLIANT OWNER MAKES FIRST VISIT
Here in the Manawatu this week to set eyes on his $24 million investment is Nix Lauridsen, owner of the new Proliant factory.
Visiting from the United States, the Iowa based-Lauridsen will be given a comprehensive update of the in-development Fielding factory by Proliant Chief Operating Officer, Randy Fitzgerald. Lauridsen is the co-founder, majority shareholder and Chairman of the Lauridsen Group of companies, which Proliant is a part of. The Group exceeds US$1 billion (NZ$1.2b) in annual revenue.
The Lauridson Group has built and operates over 50 plants throughout the world.
The $24 million factory on Kawakawa Road in Fielding was announced in May 2013, after Proliant conducted a three-year search across New Zealand. The factory is scheduled to be commissioned January 2016, creating between 25 and 30 technical jobs and producing approximately $90 million into New Zealand’s national economy over the next decade.
The factory will take waste product from New Zealand's cattle processing plants and use the blood plasma to produce bovine serum albumin (BSA), which is used in pharmaceuticals, to test blood, vaccines and in medical research. This BSA will then be exported overseas to large global clients
Craig Nash (Spearhead Director) says ‘The region looks forward to welcoming Nix to view the development. We have an excellent relationship through Randy Fitzgerald (Proliant Chief Operating Officer) and Steve Welsh (Proliant President) who are regular visitors to the Feilding site, and we are continually looking at further opportunities to grow business once this initial development is complete’.
Nix Lauridsen and Randy will be meeting mayors Margaret Kouvelis and Grant Smith at the new factory development at 2pm on Tuesday 10th March.
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