Timberlink’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Tyson, is pleased to advise that after a significant review of possible locations, the Timberlink Tarpeena sawmill site has been selected to build Australia’s first softwood, state-of-the-art CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and GLT (Glue Laminated Timber) manufacturing facility. Initially creating 27 full-time permanent jobs, then rising to 50 jobs once the plant reaches its capacity.
The plant is scheduled to open in 2023 and will be co-located with its recently expanded and upgraded softwood sawmill at Tarpeena. This facility will create interest from the timber industry from around the world as it will be unique to have a combine state of the art sawmill and GLT, CLT plant on one site. This facility will showcase the best of leading technology that creates the ultimate renewable, timber.
The mill currently employees over 200 people and contributes AU$150m to the local economy. A significant number of additional jobs will be also be created during the construction phase. The finalised location of the AU$59m project at Tarpeena, South Australia, is supported by the commitment of the South Australian State Government AU$2m grant from the Regional Growth Fund.
“These are quality, long-term manufacturing jobs that will be created in the region. This will showcase the best of the timber industry and will create jobs and industry value for decades.” Said Minister David Basham.
Timberlink gratefully acknowledges the District Council of Grant for their strong support and enthusiasm for the new facility to be located in Tarpeena. Mayor Richard Sage and Council has shown great support for the project and has worked with Timberlink management to achieve this outcome for Tarpeena.
“With the facility being constructed at Tarpeena there are benefits with be located on the same site as our saw mill and the region and we’re delighted to be able secure this commitment from the South Australian Government and the District Council of Grant” said Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson.