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Wimpak Export Company hires James French

Over the past 15 years, the Minyip company has established themselves in the marketplace as a reputable cleaner, packer and trader of pulses and other niche type grains in the Wimmera and Mallee. Mr French will head the marketing and accumulation team before transitioning into the general manager position at the end of January 2016.
General manager Jo Cameron said Mr French joined the company after an extensive background in the agriculture industry. She said he had worked in many different fields, including stock feed, logistics and grain storage and marketing.
“Most recently he has spent the past four years with grain marketer Emerald Grain and is well known to many in the area as he grew up in Donald,” she said. “He has been based in Horsham for the past two years..
“James is a fantastic addition to Wimpak, he has a wealth of experience in grain marketing and will provide us with the opportunity to increase our level of service to our growers. “Although James will be moving into the general manager role in late January, his role will still primarily involve accumulating grain from growers.:
Mr French said the opportunity to be involved with a grower-owned company that was focused on service, was a great attraction for him. “I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with existing and new clients,” he said. “If your pulse grains falls outside of ‘spec’ our state-of-the-art cleaning plant will process your grain to meet export requirements. “We give you cleaning options to increase product value and we will even pay you for the grade out. “Regardless of the quality, we have the equipment and markets to handle your grain.” Mr French said people could call him on 5385 7055 for prices or payment options.

Article from the Wimmera Mail Times


GRAIN recieval sites in the region are starting to feel the effects of the 2015 harvest. Pulse growers have been rolling into Wimpak Exporting Company at Minyip for the past three weeks. Marketing and accumulation team head James French said growers had been coming from Minyip’s surrounding district, along with Warracknabeal and Beulah. “Some of the southern Mallee guys, who have had trouble with quality, have also been coming to us to get their grain cleaned,” he said.
“We started about three weeks ago and it’s now started to back off a bit as growers get stuck into cereals.” Mr French said the overall mood was one of disappointment.
“Farmers are mainly disappointed about the lack of volume,” he said. “It’s just been a tough season unfortunately. “However, quality wise, it’s not too bad.
“It’s been a bit of a mixed bag all round.” Mr French said high lentil prices at the moment was one positive growers could take away. “We’ve also had some good quality pulses, being graded number one,” he said.

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During the last 15 years, Wimpak has established itself in the marketplace as a reputable cleaner, packer
and trader of pulses and other niche-type grains across the Wimmera-Mallee.
Today the firm is a mature business that has evolved in line with market and community expectations
with modern facilities and a staff of local people who provide a world-class cleaning and packing service as well as
secure trading options.
Three core values drive Wimpak’s success – quality, security and service.
When it comes to quality, Wimpak prides itself on underpinning all operations with high levels of quality.
Quality is a pre-requisite for everything it does.
Instilling a sense of security is also paramount in Wimpak’s close association with and payment to its growers. Security provides
essential reassurance and consolidation in strong working relationships.
Providing high-quality service is also essential. Being on the ground and part of the regional community creates a clear understanding
that circumstances can vary. Wimpak guarantees a personal and individually tailored service.
To continue its drive and consolidation in the market, the business welcome James French to the Wimpak family.

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Plant to improve quality

AUSTRALIAN FIRST: Member for Lowan Emma Kealy officially opens Wimpak Export Company’s new processing plant on Thursday, with Wimpak plant manager Damian Milne, chairman Geoff Rethus and general manager Jo Cameron.

WIMPAK Export Company has unveiled new state-of-the-art technology that will allow the business to almost double its grain cleaning capacity. The Minyip company officially opened its new processing plant on Thursday. The plant was designed and manufactured specifically for the company’s pulse grain cleaning operation. Plant manager Damian Milne said the technology would save the company at least five hours a Week. ‘‘It is a modern cleaning system,’’ he said. ‘‘Before we had to turn on a heap of switches to get it going – now we just push the start button. ‘‘A screen tells us what is happening throughout the plant – it is really simple. ‘‘It will save heaps of time.’’ United States-based business Lewis M Carter Manufacturing designed the plant, which is the Only one of its type in Australia for processing pulse grain. Mr Milne said the plant would Increase the company’s capacity by 85 per cent. He said it took about six weeks to install. ‘‘We had to clean out the entire shed – there was about 20 years’ worth of dust in there,’’ he said.

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Processor Boosts Plant

Jo Cameron: Wimpak general Manager Jo Cameron has a long-term plan for growth.

WIMMERA-based grain processor Wimpak will double its plants capacity due to an investment in a new cleaning plant.
Last week, the company had an official opening at its Minyip site for the new Lewis M Carter-made cleaning plant, which is the first of its kind in the Australian grains industry.
General manager at Wimpak Jo Cameron said the new plant was a key part of a long-term growth plan for the business.
“The LMC cleaner will mean we can work faster and more efficiently and minimise downtime.
“It will be a lot easier to maintain and a lot cleaner.
“Overall, we expect it to double capacity.”
Wimpak is a buyer, cleaner and processor of grain, primarily pulses, and is a grower-owned co-operative.
Ms Cameron said in the 2013-14 financial year the business had a throughput of over 50,000 tonnes, but said the tough 2014-15 would mean this year’s figures would be down.
“We may look at doing some other things with the plant later on in the year, such as processing cereals, which we don’t normally do a lot of, because there just wasn’t the tonnage of pulses about.”
However, she said the company was still buoyant about its future.

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