Australian milk manufacturers, Devondale, are the latest national company to make Penrith their base.
It was announced last week that Devondale, part of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative will build a $60 million milk processing factory at Erskine Park.
The purchase of the five-hectare plot within the 100-hectare western Sydney industrial park was finalised with landholders CSR Limited last month.
Devondale General Manager Operations Keith Mentiplay said now the new Sydney site was secured, work would soon begin on the new facilities.
“There is just over one year to go before we are scheduled to begin production and we are well on track to becoming the nation’s most efficient producer of daily pasteurised milk,” he said.
He said the former quarry site presented an ideal location for Devondale, with the new Erskine Park Link Road due to open in the next month providing easy access to the M7 Westlink Motorway.
“Erskine Park was an obvious choice for us. As well as excellent land quality and infrastructure, this location also gives us easy access to the major milk supply regions in NSW, to the north, south and west of Sydney.”
One of the major benefits to local residents will be jobs creation.
Devondale is actively seeking to grow its milk supply in the Sydney region to support the new processing plant and recently held farmer meetings in Bomaderry, Taree West and Maitland.
CSR Limited General Manager Property Andrew Mackenzie said Devondale was a welcome new addition to Erskine Park.
Mr Mackenzie, who is also a Director of the Penrith Business Alliance, said: “The Erskine Park industrial area has seen significant growth in the last 10 years”.
The announcement follows further investment by the State Government in Erskine Park, particularly the upgrade of Old Wallgrove Road.