Resources Minister John Bowler today announced the appointment of John Kalbfell as the new chairman of the Kemerton Industrial Park Co-ordinating Committee.
Mr Kalbfell replaces Clive Pearson, who resigned as chairman after several successful years because of personal business commitments in the Eastern States.
Kemerton Industrial Park, which was established in 1985, is located 17km from Bunbury. The estate is strategically situated between major transport links to the Perth metropolitan area and the Port of Bunbury and has provision for a rail link.
For the past 18 years, Mr Kalbfell has been plant manager of NuFarm Coogee Pty Ltd’s chlor-alkali plant, which is located in Kemerton Industrial Park. The company supplies chlorine and caustic soda to Lyondell.
Mr Bowler said he was delighted with the appointment of Mr Kalbfell.
“Kemerton Industrial Park is the key industrial estate for the South-West and Mr Kalbfell has an in-depth knowledge of the area, as well as extensive operating experience in several relevant industries,” the Minister said.
“Such expertise will be of great value in his leadership of the committee.
“The co-ordinating committee plays a vital role in the planning and operation of the park and is crucial in enabling new employment opportunities and economic growth for the region and the State.”
Mr Kalbfell worked for 10 years as a plant manager with Lyondell before moving to Boyer Newsprint Mill in Tasmania, where he spent eight years as pulp mill manager. He was employed at Pioneer Silicon, south of Hobart, for one year before moving to Nufarm-Coogee.
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