By 1989, Varley was employing 220 staff. The Carrington facilities still housed the main workshops, however new offices had been opened just down the road at 1 Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill. The site was a former pub and, once converted into offices by Varley, housed the company’s shared services, Invartech and Envirosciences staff. Varley remained 100% privately owned and entered the 1990s with a broader product and service offering than ever before.
On the horizon, however, was the impending closure of the BHP in Newcastle, which somewhat dampened the strength of Varley’s current position and kept Varley life challenging. Furthermore, during this period Clem Varley Jnr began slowly stepping away from the business, instead spending more time at his farm in East Gresford and living the country life.
As a result, the company’s management team took more control over the day-to-day business operations, with continued diversification into new markets the primary agenda. Turning these ideas into reality was, however, more difficult than it seemed…
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