EB Mawson & Sons held a number of events over two days ? on 6 and 7 October – that attracted thousands to the company?s hometown of Cohuna in Victoria?s north.
At the dinner on the Saturday night, 6 October, Federal MP for Murray Dr Sharman Stone launched a book – Loads of Experience – that traced the history of Mawsons from its inception as a wood cutting, cartage and earthmoving partnership to the business it is today.
Mawsons now operates 23 concrete plants and six hard rock quarries that employ more than 250 people.
Dr Stone said that the book captured the very essence of pioneering businesses in rural Australia, with many images of men standing proudly alongside their machines and the roads, bridges and buildings that were the result of their hard work.
Mawsons? joint venture partner, Adelaide Brighton Limited?s managing director Mark Chellew, presented John Mawson with a commemorative cup recognising a century of service to the construction industry by the Mawson family and its staff.
In reply, John, the grandson of founder EB Mawson and the current Mawsons managing director, thanked ABL and acknowledged the importance of loyalty and teamwork in achieving 100 years of successful business.
Generations of employees and suppliers applauded as EB Mawson?s three sons – Ken, Bernie and Lloyd – cut a birthday cake and then watched a 25-minute DVD showing historical and modern images which depicted the growth and progress of Mawsons since 1912.
The weekend was rounded off with a family day where Mawsons 25 Year Club members, employees and their families enjoyed lunch and entertainment.
Younger partygoers were treated to fairground rides while older participants walked among the large collection of old and new equipment and reflected on how equipment has improved and evolved over the years.