Home-grown success settles in Onkaparinga

Published on 13 September 2023

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Business in the City of Onkaparinga is looking better than ever with local industry stalwart, EC Carpets, establishing its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility¬–the most advanced of its kind in the southern hemisphere–in the heart of Lonsdale.

Marking a significant milestone in the company’s 60 year journey, and symbolising a new chapter for local manufacturing, the large project sees four previously separate sites, including their original Edwardstown headquarters, amalgamated into one innovative complex.

Following several years of meticulous planning, and a nation-wide search for the perfect home base, the company's choice to remain local not only reaffirms a deep commitment to their South Australian heritage, but also steadfast loyalty to 100-plus staff, the majority of whom reside south of Adelaide. 

Passionate about producing quality, Australian-made carpet, the decision to settle within the City of Onkaparinga was emphasised by EC Carpets’ directors.

"The consolidation of our operations under one roof is not just an expansion; it's a transformation,” they said.

"It’s a testament to our commitment to progress, innovation and our local roots. We scoured many sites, including interstate, but wanted a location that embraced our vision, our passion, and we found it in the City of Onkaparinga. We felt most at home here.”

So when the opportunity came along to secure the Meyer Road site they now occupy, EC Carpets took it.

But the move further south didn't just happen by chance.

Glenn Hickling, Business Growth and Investment Officer for the City of Onkaparinga explains why.

"Our city offers a unique blend of strong population growth, excellent facilities and exceptional community support. Its strong investment attributes, combined with the council’s Economic Growth and Tourism team building strong relationships with businesses, has seen new investment like EC Carpets realised."

With over 10,000 registered businesses now operating in the region, and total building approvals set for another robust year, it's clear that the City of Onkaparinga is becoming a strategic hub for business expansion...

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