orana makes mount gambier the centre of the nation\'s supply of door stops
Find out why door stops can be added to the list due to the help of a group of local workers. If you use a wedge to stop the door from closing, there is a good chance that it was produced at Mount Gambier.
The local Orana organization, which provides employment for disabled people, is producing thousands of wooden door wedges.
David Ling, Mount Gambier manager at Orana, said that since July, their small workshops have stopped 100,000 of the doors, providing doors to a major national hardware chain.
\"Some of our employees have seen the products they are helping to produce in the store, which really gives them a lot of fun,\" he said . \".
\"The numbers we do here are amazing.
\"The local workshop also produces wooden bed slats and wood wine boxes, which are transported from the South Australian brewery International.
\"We are certified and can export our boxes,\" said David Ling . \".
\"Most of our boxes go to the United States or China.
\"While Orana\'s business is still relatively specialized, it is not the same as when it started operating in July 24, 1978.
It mainly focuses on gardening services, harvesting flowers for sale and maintaining operations by relying on community donations.
The business has been consolidated since then and now produces wood products.
However, its main purpose-to provide meaningful employment for persons with disabilities-has not changed.
Today, two original members of the Orana team, Luciano Bianco and Marlene Ditkum, won the 30-year service award.
Marlene and Luciano were there on the first day of their opening at Orana Gambier Mountain.
Luciano helps package the product and put a bar code on the product, while Marlene\'s important role is to stick the tape to the bottom of the door wedge to prevent them from slipping.
\"These people are very good workers for us, but more importantly, they find that Orana is something that has helped them grow and develop over the last 30 years, nick Mihalos, orana\'s chief executive, said.
\"It\'s not just work, it\'s life experience.
People come here to socialize.
We support them to travel on holidays.
\"Another winner of the Long Service Award is Joanne Bates, who has worked in the organization for 10 years.
\"As long as we don\'t stress too much, I have a lot of fun here sometimes,\" she said . \".
Nicholas Mihalarus said that the future of Orana and the products it produces are being reviewed at each warehouse in the South Australian region.
\"This is a changing climate and a changing environment, so there will be a lot of review within the organization over the next six to twelve months,\" he said . \".
He says there are places where worm farms are run, while others produce animals for sale.
This depends on local needs.
But Mihalos said that despite the difficult times, there seems to be many opportunities in the southeast, which is good news in terms of continuing employment and providing services to workers.
\"We have to go out and talk to regional development people and some local employers to see what kind of import opportunities they are exploring on their own.
\"The types of work that we usually do coincide with the work that other employers and other regional development activities do on a regional scale.