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GMP and CEO Will Barton have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards.

GMP has been named as a finalist in the Excellence in Innovation category, recognising the steps taken by GMP in its $30 million expansion, in particular the design and installation of an innovative and 100% automated carcass chiller system.

“Innovation is key to GMP’s business philosophy. Our plant is now equipped with world-leading new technology and automation including the complete automation of our lamb carcase chiller and sortation system. This innovation, which we designed with consultant engineers Wiley, has led to significant productivity gains; a better product for our clients improving yield and eating quality; and reduced microbial load and therefore increased shelf-life for customers by reducing operator ‘touch points’.”

Will has also been recognised for his leadership at GMP named as a finalist in the Outstanding Business Leader category. Will has made a number of significant gains for the company over the past two years including his role in company’s expansion which will generate 76 new jobs and increase production capacity by 70%; achieving Tier 2 Export Certification unlocking access to new export markets including the USA; and the recent appointment of Dr Michelle Henry, one of Australia’s leading meat scientists.

The Murray-Riverina Business Awards celebrate business excellence across a number of diverse areas in the region including manufacturing, education and health care services. Winners will be announced at a gala event in Wagga Wagga on Friday 7 September and will progress to the NSW State Final.


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