FOR: BUSINESS REVIEW AUSTRALIA
MAY 3, 2012 - 14:53 ET
101 Years and Four Generations of Family Enterprise in Newcastle
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2012) - JA Crockett began as a family owned and operated plaster business with genuine, century-old roots in Australia. While this in itself is a remarkable feat, the fact that these roots now run four generations deep and have sprouted into several separate businesses is what truly makes JA Crockett -- named MBA Subcontractor of the Year in 2011 -- a competitive company across all construction sectors.
JA Crockett and the Crockett Group's companies run a significant apprenticeship program to help strengthen their workforce, but since Newcastle is a large exporter of coal, the booming mining sector poses a considerable threat to their recruitment efforts. "It makes recruiting a bit tougher when the coal mines offer triple the wages," says Phil Crockett, who currently serves as CEO of JA Crockett.
Fortunately, John Albert Crockett instilled a great sense of business pride in the future Crockett generations, and each sector has carved an individual path to success. In turn, this has attracted workers to each business. When the Crockett family celebrated JA Crockett's 100th year of operation and MBA membership last year, more than 150 employees were present -- some of whom having begun as apprentices back in the sixties.
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