$7m timber boost

$7m timber boost

Bedford has officially unveiled new state of the art equipment at its timber manufacturing facility in Mount Gambier, as part of a $7m investment in the region.

The upgrade is set to double production capacity, drive greater efficiencies and broaden timber processing services at its timber manufacturing facility.

Bedford chief executive Myron Mann said the investment strengthened its commitment to building capabilities, partnerships and opportunities.

“We are thrilled to officially launch major infrastructure upgrades and new facilities at our Mount Gambier site,” he said.

“Our investment in advanced manufacturing demonstrates our long-term commitment to being a sustainable supply chain partner in the local community, taking waste timber and adding value and finishing services across a range of products.”

Mr Mann said currently Bedford partners with local industry to manufacture products such as picket fencing and decking.

“The introduction of new infrastructure including a filtration system is set to build on this and deliver additional environmentally sustainable practices into Bedford’s manufacturing process,” he said.

“The introduction of a new filtration system at our timber mill demonstrates our commitment to an environmentally sustainable model of manufacturing, where nothing goes to waste.

“The new system collects timber extracts from the manufacturing process, which is utilised across other industry, such as materials for duck nests.”

Mr Mann said included in Bedford’s investment in the region was a new Learning and Experiences Hub, which was co-located on Bedford’s timber mill site and opened last September.

“The purpose-built hub offers skill-based learning and experiences for the local community, with its core purpose to build learning and capacity across the region to support people with disability to live the life they choose,” he said.

Bedford will formally launch its upgraded facilities and new developments to the Mount Gambier community and industry partners at an event on Thursday.

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