Cedar Hill Corporate Group was founded in 1989 by Christopher Dean, Wayne Bennett and Mark Irwin as Cedar Hill Orchids. The aim was to supply cut flower orchids to Japanese florists.
In 2001, a shipment of contaminated substrate wiped out the entire orchid crop, forcing a move into a new business area – native cut foliages. This move, which formed the basis of Cedar Hill Plantations and Cedar Hill Flowers & Foliage, is still a core part of the Group’s business today.
Another radical restructuring happened in 2011, when the fallout from the 2009 Global Financial Crisis meant that while European exports foundered, east Asian markets were opening up. This focus on a new overseas sector would take the Group back to its roots.
The company started life in small premises in Obi Obi, which it outgrew and moved to Woombye where the company has been ever since. The Group has sites across the Sunshine Coast, including packing and processing facilities and a plantation farm for motherstock.
Thirty-plus years since that small start, the Group has developed into one of the major horticultural businesses in Australia, with activities ranging from native cut foliage export to global florist markets; through tissue culture breeding; to wholesale tubestock supply to garden centres, local authorities, and revegetation nurseries; and the latest venture, direct-to-consumer plant retail.
The connecting threads through all these businesses are
- providing jobs for local people
- protecting the local environment
- producing high quality horticultural products
Cedar Hill Corporate Group is proud that many of its staff celebrate significant employment milestones within the organisation. The Group continues to develop and expand its activities, while creating a safe and diverse workplace for all its staff.
Mark Irwin : Owner and CEO
James Roemermann : General Manager