AU$14 m investment in WA mill

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Manjimup in Western Australia will receive an economic boost this year, with the re-activation of a local timber processing centre creating 65 full-time jobs. The new jobs are the result of an AU$14 million dollar investment from Parkside Timber, as it retires its dry millat Greenbushes to upgrade the Manjimup facility.

A spokesperson for Parkside said recruitment had already started, with 10 full-time staff employed to date. “Our business plan is for the majority of our wood fibre to be processed into high-end, value-added products, with an emphasis on wood utilisation,” the spokesperson said.

The upgrade will introduce world-class timber processing technology including two high-speed scanning and docking lines, an auto stacking line, finger joining line, large end section joinery planning line and a 56- pocket bin sorter. A pre-drier shed will also be repurposed into a 1000m3 kiln.

Photo: Pre-coated karri decking will be one of the products to be produced at Parkside Timber’s upgraded Manjimup facility

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