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Computer commuters bring city business to the country

THE communications revolution, which has put local business in touch with the world, is also bringing big city business to the country.

The Capel-based LAD Machining company is an excellent example.

The engineering firm has been a finalist in the small business awards category for those with fewer than 10 employees for the past two years.

The company has to compete for much sought-after maintenance work in the mining industry.

“When things are quiet in Perth, we sometimes have big companies from the metropolitan area quoting prices lower than the cost of the materials,” LAD Machining owner-manager Darryl Klein said. “At times like that you depend on the loyalty of your major customers.

“The companies that provide most of our business know we’ll work around the clock to get things done to meet their deadlines. So they tend to stick with us.”

This cooperative spirit aimed at fostering business improvement exists throughout the region.

A few years ago the company only had local contracts. Today LAD has partnerships with Italian and New Zealand companies and is taking up opportunities in the growing wine industry.

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