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Pinjarra refinery celebrates 40 years
 
Pinjarra refinery celebrated its 40th anniversary in May and large numbers of past and present employees and their families turned up to reminisce about the good old days.
 
The special event paid tribute to the men and women who had developed and operated for so many years one of the world’s most efficient aluminium refineries.
 
Past and present refinery managers attended, including Alcoa of Australia’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg who was refinery manager from 1998 to 2001, and four exceptional employees were celebrated – Tony Schraven, Bob Bennetts, Jock Storie and Ray Booth – all members of the original 1972 refinery team.
 
Shire of Murray President, Councillor Wally Barrett, praised Alcoa’s tremendous contribution to the local community during the past 40 years. He acknowledged the alternate employment options the refinery provided in the early 1970s when many local jobs were lost as a result of dairy industry deregulation and the many partnerships forged with the local community.
 
Current Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe highlighted to guests that when the refinery started in 1972 it was producing a modest 250,000 tonnes per annum, but during its 40 years of operations had grown annual production to around 4.3 million tonnes.
 
Wet weather looked set to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm on the day but families enjoyed an array of activities including tailor-made tours of the refinery, digestion, precipitation, calcination, workshop and laboratory areas plus children took delight in the reptile display, interactive lab experiments, aluminium foil art and the opportunity to guide a crane operator to pick up prizes at the big rig display.
 
“We had a fantastic day with excellent crowds, terrific demonstrations and tours that left everyone with a smile on their face,” said Simon Pascoe.


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Past and present refinery managers helped celebrate the milestone



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Family fun activities included a reptile exhibition



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The delicious celebration cake