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Industrialist gives half his company to dedicated staff

With no direct interest from family members to eventually assume control of his company, Industrial Conveying’s MD, Don Erskine, has handed over half the assets of the company to his loyal staff.

This extraordinary gift will have a positive impact on 120 families living in Bendigo, plus another 30 families associated with the company’s engineering design office in Tullamarine, Melbourne.

Considering that many of the staff has been employed by the company for most of its 30-year existence, Erskine believes it was important to reward loyalty and to maintain the ongoing existence of an important Bendigo company.

“This company is in a regional area of Australia and if someone came in and bought out the entity tomorrow there would be no guarantee the jobs would stay in Bendigo,” said Erskine.

“As business leaders, we are duty-bound to make sure that all regional centres of Australia continue to grow economically to provide the nation with decentralisation options.

“Also, if something happened to me without warning it is comforting to know that the company will be controlled and directed by the employees and it will be business as usual.”

Industrial Conveying specialises in the design and installation of materials handling systems and conveying solutions right across the industry spectrum.

The company turnover is measured in tens of millions of dollars every year and it enjoys an integral link with the general business supply chain in the Bendigo region.

Shares will be distributed according to the length of time an individual has spent with the company.

Basically, an average will be taken of the last three years profit (by percentage) for anyone that is employed by the company, and all earnings will be managed by a shareholder trust for employees.

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