A CHANGING of the guard is underway at a Riverina institution with Milbrae Quarries and Concrete set to be sold.
The business is now in the process of being sold to Mawsons Pty Ltd and, in good news, all of the Milbrae's staff are expected to retain their current jobs.
Mawsons will purchase Milbrae's concrete, quarry, mobile crushing and mining services businesses.
Established more than 30 years by the Woods family, the business has been a go-to for those not just in the Leeton area, but the wider area and beyond.
Former Leeton shire mayor and councillor Peter Woods was the founding director of Milbrae, with his sons Brett and Chris continuing their involvement up to this day.
According to the company, combining the Milbrae and Mawson businesses will create an even more capable, well equipped and experienced team with renowned expertise in the fields of construction materials supply, mobile crushing and mining services.
The region serviced by this team will cover much of NSW and Victoria and stretch into SA.
The product and service offerings from both Milbrae and Mawsons will remain and be backed by in-house safety and technical knowledge.
Milbrae staff will be retained on their current terms of employment with their entitlements and conditions carried on into Mawsons.
Existing Milbrae sites, including mines, workshops and administration offices, will continue to operate.
The Milbrae brand will stay.
Both Chris and Brett Woods will also continue their involvement to help ensure a smooth transfer of specialist knowledge and relationships.
The existing Milbrae organisational structure will continue as the two organisations work together to integrate and optimise the benefits of the combined construction materials and mining services businesses.
Operational and administrative contact details will remain the same. Customers and suppliers will notice very few changes as the Milbrae and Mawsons businesses gradually merge their procedures.
Mawsons managing director John Mawson was looking forward to the future.
"It is a great opportunity and privilege for our company to be able to combine with Milbrae and continue the growth of these strong regional Australian businesses," he said.
Existing Milbrae quotes, product range and supply agreements will be fulfilled and, as appropriate, extended.
Chris said while it was the end of an era there was still plenty to be excited about.
"(It is) a bit sad to be stepping back, but (we are) delighted our family's business and all the excellent people in it, (will) be able to keep developing with Mawsons as the new owners," he said.
The sale of Millbrae is expected to be completed on August 1.
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