Rugby league legend opens OneSteel Metalcentre Wagga Wagga
Australian rugby league legend, former NSW Blues and Canterbury-Bulldogs captain, Steve Mortimer OAM, has officially opened the new Wagga OneSteel Metalcentre store, together with local and state politicians and OneSteel Metalcentre customers.
Located in Wagga’s Bomen Industrial Park, OneSteel Metalcentre is the result of the consolidation of the Leeton and Wagga Metaland stores and is designed to fulfill the steel supply and processing needs for Wagga and the surrounding Riverina region.
Speaking at the opening, Steve Mortimer, himself originally from Wagga, said this new OneSteel Metalcentre store was just what a city like Wagga needed.
“It’s great to see an Australian company like OneSteel support rural and regional Australia. OneSteel Metalcentre has over 50 stores across the nation, 40 of which are in rural and regional centres, which says a lot about their continuing commitment to the bush.”
“As a proud Wagga boy, I think this is a great day for the city where I grew up,” said Mr. Mortimer.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and the Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack MP, congratulated OneSteel Metalcentre on its investment and vision in developing this new site.
“OneSteel has serviced the Riverina in one form or another since 1981 – a proud record. This new site will see the company growing even further, providing more opportunities and giving the local economy a real shot in the arm.”
“OneSteel is a highly valued firm in the Riverina and I wish all the local people involved in running and working for this highly respected company all the very best for even greater success in the future,” said Mr. McCormack.
The State Member for Wagga Wagga and NSW Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Rural and Regional Affairs, Daryl Maguire MP, noted that more companies should follow OneSteel’s example
“Here in the industrial intermodal area is a perfect location for this business, and dare I say many more that will follow the lead of OneSteel and establish their network here.”
With the formalities over, Wagga Mayor Rod Kendall, along with Daryl Maguire and Steve Mortimer, unveiled a commemorative plaque officially opening the new OneSteel Metalcentre Wagga facility.
“What a fantastic contribution they’ve made and continue to make to our economy – as Mayor of this City, I’m really impressed by the growth and direction of OneSteel and I am delighted by their presence here at Bomen and their contribution to the city and region,” said Mayor Kendall.
“Congratulations and best wishes to all the management and staff, and I look forward to watching OneSteel continue to grow as a premier steel supplier and a strong presence in our local business community,” concluded the Mayor.
At the conclusion of the opening, OneSteel Metalcentre presented a cheque for $500 to the local Willans Hill School on behalf of the company.
According to Greg Mitchell, Southern NSW Regional Manager, OneSteel Metalcentre: “The Wagga OneSteel Metalcentre store is now part of our integrated national network of branches that offer an expansive range of processing solutions, products, project management and technical expertise that will be better able to service our growing customer base in the Riverina, and also provide a solid foundation for any future expansion of the business.”
“We recently added reinforcing and fencing to our range here at the Wagga OneSteel Metalcentre store so as to further the convenience for local tradespeople and also the wider community,” added Mr. Mitchell.