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Patties impresses regional development leaders

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January 6, 2012

One of the State Government’s most influential regional development MPs has described Patties Foods as an “outstanding example of the economic strength in regional communities” during a tour of the facility hosted by Federal MP Darren Chester.

Damian Drum, who is the State Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development, was visiting the business as part of a tour of the 50 most prominent businesses in Victoria. He said the Patties story was something for East Gippslanders to take pride in.

“It was the hard work of the Rijs family and all of the staff and suppliers of fine local produce who have made Patties a regional success story,” Mr Drum said.

“When you inspect a facility of this quality it inspires confidence in the future of regional Victoria and the opportunities which exist for governments to work in partnership with outstanding businesses to promote future growth.”

Mr Chester said the visit was a good opportunity for Mr Drum to learn more about the importance of one of the State’s biggest regional businesses to the East Gippsland economy.

Patties employ more than 500 staff and produces a range of products including single serve meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, frozen grocery lines and desserts.

“The company continues to innovate with new products and investments in new technology to ensure it is a world-class food manufacturer,” Mr Chester said.

“Governments at all levels have a role to play in making sure that infrastructure and other services are in place to allow companies like Patties to invest with confidence in the future.

“It’s not governments that create jobs - it is the small and large business owners in regional areas who are prepared to take risks and give their workers a chance to share in the prosperity they create.”

Mr Drum said the Victorian Government would work with regional businesses to help them grow.

“As a government which is focussed on the regions, we’re intent on helping successful businesses across regional Victoria to expand,” Mr Drum said.

“Patties is one of many businesses across regional Victoria which has strong foundations and is looking for further opportunities to grow.”