Anyone who travels the highway will know how popular HE Silos’ silos are: they’re a regular sight on our roads.
Last Friday the local business again gained regional recognition, winning the Excellence in Business category at the 2018 Western Region business awards.
The award is for a business that has attained significant growth - and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth.
HE Silos is a family-owned silo manufacturing business that has been servicing the agri-business sector since 1969.
It is recognised as one of the largest grain storage manufacturing companies on the east coast of Australia and has experienced significant growth in the last couple of years.
HR manager Stevie-Leigh Morrison accepted the award on behalf of her father Steve.
“This award is testament to his hard work and his vision for HE Silos,” she said in accepting the award.
“I’d like to thank our amazing team for all their assistance and hard work over the past few years and I really look forward to working alongside them into the future.”
HE Silos in 2016 won the Excellence in Innovation award with their Thermal Insect Control Systems, developed to improve safety for people working on silos.
In the past two years, the business has increased the number of employees by 21 per cent and the management team by 48 per cent. At the time of writing the award application, they had a staff of 40.
They have also added two new product lines: bulk storage silos for large producers or industrial clients, and flat pack silos for smaller producers who wish to reduce costs and set up themselves.
The Western Region Business Awards were in Bathurst last Friday night and Forbes was well represented, with finalists in several categories including:
Larry Storm, HE Silos operations manager, in the Outstanding Business Leader category;
Stevie-Leigh Morrison, HE Silos, in the Outstanding Young Employee category;
Tobin No Till, Excellence in Innovation award finalist;
Meals on Wheels’ Smok’n Cooking Class, Social Enterprise Award finalist.
Forbes Business of the Year Forbes Family Dentist was a finalist for the Excellence in Small Business Award.
The businesses went on to the regional awards after winning their category at the 2017 Forbes Business Awards, the Boscars.
Ms Morrison said all enjoyed a wonderful night and the Forbes businesses showed their support for each other as each was introduced as a finalist.
“It was a brilliant atmosphere,” she said.
“All the Forbes businesses were cheering each other on.
“It showed that the whole business community stands together.”
HE Silos will now represent the region at the NSW Business Awards in November.
123 Tix from Dubbo was named the region’s 2018 Business of the Year.