Nolan's triumph over adversity
THE success of Nolan Meats in securing the 2011 Queensland Exporter of the Year Award and Agribusiness Exporter Award was a story of triumph against a backdrop of ongoing global economic uncertainty and natural disaster, Acting Premier Andrew Fraser said yesterday.
Mr Fraser presented the award to Nolan Meats' co-director and CEO Terry Nolan at a gala dinner in Brisbane on Thursday night, congratulating the company for taking its products to the world and achieving considerable success in overseas markets.
"Nolan Meats is a well-known local family business that has triumphed against a backdrop of ongoing global economic uncertainty and last summer's natural disasters," he said.
"Nolan Meats employs 350 staff across four sites, exporting to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the United States.
"The Gympie region was badly affected by the summer of natural disasters, and to see a local company stay on its feet through these times is nothing short of inspiring.
"Taking out both the Agribusiness Award and the Queensland Exporter of the Year Award speaks volumes about the tenacity and hard work that Terry Nolan and his team have put in over the past 12 months."
Nolan Meats produces high-quality meat products as well as by-products such as tallow and stock for use in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries.
Mr Nolan said his family business was based on traditional family values combined with a modern exporting approach.
"Our success is based on a modified accreditation system which benefits our customers by providing a hygienic product with a longer shelf-life at a lower cost than traditional methods," he said.
"This strategy has helped us streamline our process, saving time and improving access to overseas markets by meeting the stringent food export standards both here in Australia and overseas.
"Exporting has diversified our business, creating jobs and stability. It has steered us through the recent uncertain economic times."
Member for Gympie David Gibson attended the ceremony with Terry, Tony and Michael Nolan and their wives, and Nolans' international sales manager Jim Bougoure and sales team member Alix Zillmann.
"Nolan Meats are an example of what can be done with hard work and a bit of forward thinking," Mr Gibson said.
"This award recognises how we can create long term jobs locally rather than just encouraging people to leave town to work in the mining regions.
"The Queensland Exporter of the Year award is a great recognition for Nolan Meats but will also help raise the profile of Gympie as a place to do business."