Tarpeena mill expansion on track for September

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A small town in South Australia’s far east has been chosen as the site for an Australian timber industry first that will provide dozens of extra jobs for a community which has been doing it tough.

An AU$90-million expansion of Timberlink’s Tarpeena mill will add an AU$63-million manufacturing plant producing cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT) for the construction industry.

Timberlink general manager of sales, marketing and corporate affairs David Oliver said the “enthusiastic and growing” uptake of the products by the construction industry was a “firm nod to moving into a sustainable future”, with timber “the ultimate sustainable resource”. The manufacturing facility used local timber from Green Triangle pine plantations, processed at Timberlink’s adjoining mill.

“It’s the only combined radiata pine facility to produce CLT and GLT in Australia,” Mr Oliver said. He said the project – which attracted a AU$2-million co-investment from the South Australian government – used local contractors “wherever possible” and was set to be operational in September this year.

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Source: ABC

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