Irrigear® – Award-winning leadership

Recognition of Excellence.

Irrigear continually seeks to 'raise the bar' on professional standards and practices, by continual programs of training, information exchange, networking and review processes which recognise excellence.

Yearly, we celebrate the achievements of our 'Irrigear Family' through two major awards – 'Member of the Year (MOTY)' and 'Supplier of the Year (SOTY)'. The winners are selected based on results of an annual appraisal process, that scores members and platinum suppliers across a range of performance and industry criteria. This year’s awards were announced in August 2019, at the Irrigear National Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia amongst Irrigear member stores and platinum suppliers.

2019 Member of the Year

Ultimate Pumps & Irrigation – Award Winning Team

Congratulations to 2019 Irrigear Member of the Year, Ultimate Pumps & Irrigation. At this year's Irrigear National conference in Darwin, Ultimate Pumps & Irrigation, based in Ballarat, Victoria, was awarded the prestigious Irrigear Member of the Year (MOTY) award. Owners Linda and Nick Barry were thrilled with the announcement saying, "We are very honoured to be awarded the 2019 Irrigear Member of the Year. This award recognises the effort the entire crew at Ultimate Pumps & Irrigation contribute every day. We are incredibly proud of our business and the loyal customer base that we have created".

The Irrigear Member of the Year award process is based on industry feedback and rates every store on a range of criteria including customer service, technical excellence and overall professionalism. Irrigear General Manager, Simon Treptow, praised the win. “Linda and Nick are the epitome of what Irrigear is all about. From a start-up business seven years ago, they have grown Ultimate Pumps & Irrigation to be a respected business and employer with a loyal customer base. It’s very fitting that they should be recognised as the national Member of the Year”. The entire Irrigear “family” congratulates Linda and Nick for their thoroughly deserved win.

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2019 Supplier of the Year

Philmac Australia – Excellence, Innovation, Service & Support

Philmac Australia wins Irrigear Supplier of the Year Award for 2019. Adelaide-based manufacturer, Philmac, is no stranger to the podium on Irrigear’s awards nights – once again being named Irrigear’s Supplier of the Year (SOTY). The win makes it two consecutive wins for the innovative producer of fittings, valves and connectors.

Philmac’s General Manager of Sales AUS/NZ, Sean Callaghan went on to say “The award means a great deal to Philmac. We employ over 250 people in Adelaide that are mainly involved in the manufacture of our products and the Philmac team gets such a boost from such prestigious recognitionThe current levels of service of industry suppliers to Irrigear is very high, so this makes this award even more special." 

The Supplier of the Year award recognises excellence across a range of criteria including innovation, service and support. To win, a supplier must care as much about the best solutions, products and service levels as Irrigear’s member stores do.  Irrigear General Manager, Simon Treptow, noted that the award shows a special commitment to success. “Going above and beyond is not unusual for Irrigear’s Loyal Suppliers – but Philmac just always seems to have that edge. Whether it’s product quality and innovation, or just good old fashioned attention to customer service and support, the team at Philmac just seems to try that little bit harder." Congratulations to the entire Philmac team.

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