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Major upgrades to Grafton timber factory

2 May 2024

Big River Group, a major supplier of timber products in Australia, completed a significant upgrade to their Grafton, NSW timber factory. The A$22 million project, funded partly by the government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, aims to improve the sustainable manufacturing of speciality timber products for the construction industry.

The upgraded factory features new machinery that will significantly increase Big River’s output. This will create 20 new jobs in Grafton, adding to Big River’s existing local workforce and its 610 employees nationally. Big River is also committed to fostering local talent through training programs and supporting local businesses.

The Government highlighted the project’s importance in supporting the economic recovery of bushfire-affected regions and addressing the shortage of building supplies in NSW. Big River not only supplies essential building products but also offers decorative and architectural products.

Big River’s CEO, John Lorente, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, ‘As we unveil the latest upgrade to our Grafton facility, we continue a tradition of excellence that began over 100 years ago. This project represents more than just an expansion; it’s a clear demonstration of our commitment to innovation, sustainability, investment in and growth of our workforce.’

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Source: Big River Group

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