The Northern Star

Co-operative celebrates 75 years

NOW in his early 80s, Keith Gooley remembered when he was just a young boy of 15 starting his career at the Northern Co-operative Meat Company in Casino during its 75th birthday celebrations yesterday.

He worked his way through the ranks to become general manager until his retirement in 1987.

“I was proud to have been part and parcel of this great organisation,” Mr Gooley said.

“I can see a lot of what we have done still here, but also a lot of innovation. The market dictates what you need to do and if you don't then you fall by the wayside.”

This obviously has not been the case with the co-operative as it celebrates 75 years of success.

Chief executive officer Gary Burridge said the day was enjoyed by producers, management and employees past and present.

More than 240 people took advantage of the two-hour tour of the meatworks in the morning, while hundreds sat down to a barbecue lunch and watched the cutting of the cake.

“The secret to our success is we change and move with the times,” Mr Burridge said.

“We are responsive to customers' demands and we have the good stewardship of the past. The employees are part of the reason we are celebrating 75 years. They have contributed so much.

“The celebrations gave producers a chance to see where their cattle are processed and their assets lie.”



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