'THE BIG Olive' was erected at the SA Agri-Industrial Trade Park at Tailem Bend on Friday.
Constructed as a tourist attraction for The Big Olive processing plant, the fibreglass structure is more than eight metres in height and weighs more than a tonne.
The Big Olive plant presents the full infrastructure to the growing olive industry.
It offers a wide range of assistance to olive growers in South Australia, from harvesting, transport, processing, bottling, and storage of their produce.
The plant will process, pickle and produce olives and their products, with direct factory sales and a wide distribution.
21st Century Develop-ments managing director Jo Hani is a committed enthusiast for the olive industry and he matches his emotion with investment money.
"I have a passion for the product and we believe in its potential," he said.
"The factory will employ the senolia cold pressing method, which is not done elsewhere in Australia and will have a double extraction facility."
Mr Hani said the factory demonstrated the growing olive industry and the icon of the ‘big olive' at the front of the premises would increase the profile of Tailem Bend.
"The big olive model identifies the whole project and is a tourist attraction," he said.
Mr Hani thanked The Newell Group for their excellent work on the structure.
"They are an asset to the region because they are innovative and love doing good things."
The Newell Group completed the construction using lathes and managing director Dennis Newell said the job was different but he was pleased to get it.
"The olives have come out very well," he said.
The Big Olive processing plant is situated in the SA Agri-Industrial Trade Park on Dukes Highway, which was set up to encourage agriculture, commercial, industrial and ancillary services such as tourism and leisure.
The factory is expected to open at the beginning of May.