Iconic business


Cohuna based business Mawsons is proud to be a major employer in the food bowl region.

Mawsons is an iconic family business based in the township of Cohuna, rich in local history.
Mawsons operate a thriving concrete and quarry network servicing the Foodbowl region and employing over 200 people.
It is a vastly different business to that which founder EB (Barney) Mawson began in 1912 - cutting thistles for the Kerang shire. In 1927  Barney bought his first truck in what was considered a bold move for the time - a 1.5 tonne, 4 cylinder petrol powered Chevrolet truck and the rest they say, is history.
Managing director John Mawson said  Mawsons today provides efficient and reliable access to quality construction materials on a different scale to that of  90 years ago.
We are still local suppliers, with plenty of local knowledge, but the trucks can now carry over 30 tonnes, John said.
We have concrete plants and quarries in the shires of Campaspe, Loddon, Moira and Swan Hill.
We supply a range of concrete and quarry products for road construction, irrigation infrastructure, railways and housing developments. We run a large, flexible fleet of delivery vehicles including tip trucks and concrete agitators.
Success of the Mawson business is attributed to the highly skilled workforce and dedicated team of sub contractors, combined with the latest technologies, all carefully employed to meet modern demands.
The company has expanded their operation throughout Victoria and Southern NSW as growth opportunities have arisen and like the founder Barney, subsequent generations havent been afraid to take a punt on growing with the region.  This has included building concrete plants in towns such as Pyramid Hill, Cobram, Shepparton, Benalla, Echuca, Kerang, Cohuna, Swan Hill, Boort, Barham and Deniliquin, to name a few.
Modernisation of irrigation infrastructure under NVIRP has created some business opportunities for the company.
Our quarry products can be used for lining to make channels less permeable, and our quality concrete is critical for efficient installation of the new water control infrastructure. It is great that water distribution systems are being upgraded, everyone needs to make the most of our scarce water. John said.
Mawsons look forward to celebrating their centenary in 2012.
The Foodbowl region will continue to grow and prosper as a major food producing asset for Australia and the World and Mawsons will continue to grow too,  John said.


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