Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday opened the Blue Lake Dairy Group’s processing plant at Tantanoola in the South Australia’s South East.
The milk powder plant’s official opening is the first milestone in a two-stage expansion planned by the Chinese-owned company.
Stage one will enable the production of 20,000 tonnes of infant and adult formula, using powdered milk.
When full production at the milk plant starts in coming months, the number of employees will increase from 24 to 60.
Stage two is expected to involve a new $50 million factory to convert milk into powder and create an additional 90 jobs.
“We applaud the Blue Lake Dairy Group for its decision to invest in South Australia’s South East. It’s a decision that is expected to provide significant economic benefit to the economy of Millicent, Tantanoola and surrounding districts,” said Weatherill (pictured).
“The company’s investment demonstrates that South Australia’s regions have an abundance of unique, premium products and many opportunities for foreign investment, which creates local jobs.”
This is particularly the case in the South East which continues to play a big role in driving our State’s economy, contributing $3.6 billion in gross regional product in industries such as forestry, beef and dairy cattle, lucerne seed production and rock lobsters.
Wang Xin Xiang, Managing Director, Blue Lake Dairy Group said the company was pleased to invest in South Australia and thanked the State Government as well as Wattle Range Council for their support.
“The work performed by local contractors engaged on the project has been very professional and of excellent standard and we thank them for their efforts in making our new facility state of the art,” he said.