New manufacturing plant for Heyfield
Friday 27 Mar 2020
ASH managing director Vince Hurley said the technology used in the new manufacturing plant would mean less waste. "The new twin band resaw is more efficient at sawing smaller and lower grade logs than our current equipment, so we can now turn more of our saw logs into usable timber.
"Our business, our town and Gippsland more widely have weathered a number of storms over the past few years. The opening of this new plant is great news for our workforce and a big vote of confidence in Heyfield."
The Federal Government funding for the project was provided through the AU$20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said ASH was a "vital part of the fabric of the Heyfield community".
"This project has supported 14 jobs during the construction phase and will secure another 140 ongoing positions - that's a significant number of jobs for this area," Mr Chester said. "The timber industry is facing difficult times following the bushfires and the state government's announcement last November that it would phase out the harvest of native trees over the next 10 years.
Photo:ASH managing director Vince Hurley and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester at the commissioning of the company's new manufacturing plant in Heyfield, photograph supplied.
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