The Barrett Group has defied pessimism in regional manufacturing and expanded, opening a new facility at Orange, with innovation being cited as a factor in the saddler company’s success.
Central west NSW has seen a number of local companies suffer lately, such as National Buildplan Group and Windsor Farm Foods, which have both been put in administration in the last two months.
However, Barrett Group, owned by Angus and Sarah Barrett, has managed to defy the trend and has expanded.
"Originally I used to fit everything in a little wooden box, like the army boxes," its owner Angus Barrett told the ABC.
"Whereas now I've got a 1,200 square metre shed full of all different machines and tools and bells and whistles and safety signs and all the rest."
Local federal MP John Cobb said Barrett’s “innovation and diversity” were behind the company’s success.
“In the current climate positive local manufacturing stories are rare – but I’m very pleased that we have a good news story right here in Orange with the expansion of Barrett Group to Orange’s newest business park, Narrambla,” he said in a statement.
“To ensure they remained competitive Angus and Sarah diversified their original saddlery business and have achieved efficiencies through their production, marketing and retail processes.”