Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce March Newsletter

Amanda Checken - Executive Officer
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Premier Regional Business Awards
Gala Dinner

The 2014 Premier Regional Business Awards Gala Dinner were held last night, and it certainly was a fantastic night. Congratulations to all of this year's nominees - they were all worthy of their nomination and we enjoyed hearing about their businesses throughout the night. A special congratulations goes to all of the winners on the night, and a very big thank you to the sponsors of the Premier Regional Business Awards.

2014 Winners

Premier Regional Business Award
Sponsored by NAB

SRX Global is the Australian market leader in electronic manufacturing services. Some of the products that the business manufactures are in the medical field include sleep apnoea machines, hand held ultrasound machines, medical disease diagnostic equipment and metabolism rate evaluation devices. In defense, the company is responsible for Heads Up Display systems for attack helicopters and battery power control systems for foot soldier electronics.

Small Business Award
Sponsored by Hilton Manufacturing

Norden Bodyworks was found by Ron Anson and Dennis Lantsbur in 1959 with the idea of building commercial transport truck bodies. Norden is synonymous with quality and service in Vehicle Access, Transport Solutions and Fluid Power. Three major divisions make up the company - Norden Conversion, Norden Hydraulic Connections and Kwikee/Power Gear.

Retails and Commercial Award
Sponsored by the City of Greater Dandenong and the Dandenong Journal

Future Metals Recycling started in Shepparton in 2005 with two businessmen who purchased the business to develop the land and purchased Fletcher Metals. In March 2008, they established a Melbourne operation and in October 2008, they moved into the green-filled site in Dandenong South. Later that year, the business then purchased another operation known as National Metals in Hallam. The three sites were then consolidated into a single company in 2010.

Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by Aston Ryan Malcolm and M+K Lawyers

Wastech Engineering designs, manufactures and supplies engineering solutions for the waste and recycling industry throughout Australia. Their products are specifically designed to manage waste and deliver results and solutions where landfill is reduced for the environment's benefit.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Employment Award
Sponsored by SITA and Adecco

Wurth first opened in Australia in 1982 and today the company employs around 550 people Australia wide with its office and warehouse at Healey Road, Dandenong being its national headquarters for all its central operations. It is well on its was to becoming the number one supplier of assembly and fastening materials in Australia due to its focus on customer service.

Youth Enterprise Award
Sponsored by Chisholm

Alex is currently studying a Certificate 3 Engineering and Fabrication at Chisholm Institute. Alex is a passionate and driven young individual, evident throughout his education, volunteer work and his apprenticeship. He has spent time with Frankston City Life Centre, preparing food for the homeless and assisting in their community op shops. He has also spent time with Scope and through this organisation, Alex offered assistance and support to those in need. Alex’s strong sense of patience and understanding towards those with difficulties comes from his lifelong experience with a younger brother who has autism.

Hall of Fame Inductees
Tom Hartley and Jill Walsh


Membership Special - Join the Chamber and SAVE

If you submit an application for new membership, you will receive 18 months membership for the price of twelve! So if you join as a new member you will be paid up until 30 June 2016!

The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce offers you the opportunity to meet other local business people, in a region well served by business groups that cover retail, manufacturing, finacial, legal and commercial services. We see the role of the Chamber as the 'connective tissue' of the business community.

For information about membership, please call Amanda on 9794 8881, or download the membership application form here.


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