MSF Sugar CEO, Mike Barry, has today farewelled one of the sugar industry’s long standing leaders with Tableland Mill Manager, Pat Ryan, announcing his retirement.
Mr Ryan has been associated with the Tableland Mill for 22 years, during which time he has worked in industry development and management roles for three different owners and overseen a number of substantial plant upgrades, including a $42 million plant expansion that was completed in 2013.
In reflecting on Mr Ryan’s decision to retire from the industry, Mr Barry paid homage to the contribution Mr Ryan has made to the Tableland facility and the industry as a whole.
“Since we acquired the Tableland Mill from Bundaberg Sugar in 2011, Pat has held a significant role within the MSF Sugar business. He has overseen operations at that particular mill site for 22 years and during this time, has successfully led his team through some significant ups and downs.
“Pat has devoted his career to the sugar industry and is a well-known figure within the Tableland community. With this announcement, Pat leaves behind a valuable legacy and his knowledge of the region will be greatly missed”.
Mr Ryan started his career with Cane Supply at the Babinda Mill, moving to the Tableland Mill in 1995 to oversee the development of the sugar industry on the Tableland which at the time, was considered a bold move as it was the first sugar mill to be constructed in Queensland in 75 years.
Completed in 1998, the Tableland Mill commenced crushing that same year and in 2017, it remains the newest and most technologically advanced sugar mill in Australia.
Following construction, Pat stayed on to oversee the operation and during his time at Tableland Mill, has been integral to delivering a number of key milestones including a 400% increase in production, growing mill throughput from 212,000 tonnes of cane to around 850,000 tonnes of cane per annum, and a near doubling of the workforce from 48 employees to 80 employees.
He has also been an integral member of MSF Sugar’s Green Energy Power Plant project team and prior to announcing his retirement, has been involved in early construction plans for the large scale green power facility now being built on the Tableland Mill site.
According to Mr Ryan, “Having the opportunity to lead the Mill through so many changes has been rewarding. I have personally enjoyed the challenges that come with 24/7 operations and I will miss the daily engagement with our employees, our growers, our transport partners and our suppliers.
“After working at the Mill for 22 years I regard my time with MSF Sugar as some of the most pivotal of my career, but I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my life”.
Mr Ryan’s last day with MSF Sugar will be Friday 4 August, after which he will move to the Hinchinbrook region where he plans to enjoy retirement on property he purchased some time ago.
While the company will now commence the search for a permanent replacement, the role will be performed in the interim by Acting Mill Manager, Mr Kirk Lang, who will broaden his role as Construction Integration Manager for the Green Energy Power Plant to oversee Mill operations.
“On behalf of MSF Sugar, and in particular our Tableland Mill team, I thank Mr Ryan for his years of service and wish him well for the future – his contribution to the business will be missed,” said Mr Barry.