Animal nutrition plant to be built


Oamaru business Milligans Food Group is to expand its operation to the North Oamaru Business Park.
Tony Spivey, of Spivey Real Estate, the estate agent promoting the business park, confirmed Milligans had bought the two largest sections at the site.
Each section covers 9600sqm.
Mr Spivey said an animal nutrition plant was to be built on the sections. It would employ eight staff when complete, he said.
Milligans managing director Bruce Paton was unable to be contacted for comment.
Milligans, based in Chelmer St, is the fourth company to buy land at the business park. Te Pari Products, Tyre General and Johnson Gluyas Tractors operate from the 22ha site.
Mr Spivey said Oamaru businesses had looked to increase their operations locally in recent times and the business park was playing a part in that.
“There’s three buildings up and operating and I think the next realm won’t be too far away,” he said.
“There’s some really strong inquiries out there. It goes to show there’s quite a lot of confidence and belief in the region. In the future, 50 years from now, people will look back and say how lucky we were.”Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said he was “very pleased” to see another local business expanding in Oamaru.
“With the sale and potential for other sales that we are aware of, things are progressing reasonably well out there,” Mr Kircher said.
“The business park is going to give the opportunity for many of our local businesses to expand there. It’s all very much a positive thing and the whole system seems to be coming to fruition.”Mr Kircher said it was important Oamaru-based businesses had the help they needed if they planned to relocate to or expand into the business park.
In 2012, the Waitaki District Council entered an agreement with the business park’s developer, Oamaru Land Holdings, owned by Auckland businessmen Andrew and Michael Carpenter, to enable the start of the 17-lot first stage of the site between State Highway 1 and the railway line, opposite Oamaru Racecourse.
The Milligans sale brings the total number of sections sold to nine.
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