$106M BORG EX­PAN­SION

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BORG MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING has been given the green light to ex­pand its ex­ist­ing medium den­sity fibreboard (MDF) fa­cil­ity com­plex in Oberon to in­clude more build­ings for hous­ing new ma­chin­ery. A planned $106 mil­lion ex­pan­sion has been ap­proved by the State Gov­ern­ment.

The plant is the town’s main em­ployer, and sup­plies MDF to Aus­tralian and ex­port mar­kets. An as­sess­ment by the Depart­ment of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment said the de­vel­op­ment would bring about

$51 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy, cre­at­ing 230 con­struc­tion jobs and about 70 on­go­ing jobs.

In a state­ment Borg said it was pleased with the out­come af­ter a “rig­or­ous” two-year plan­ning process with the depart­ment. “Borg is com­mit­ted to the in­dus­try, and its in­vest­ment in the Oberon fa­cil­ity to date demon­strates its longterm vi­sion to build an in­te­grated world-class re­con­sti­tuted wood-based pan­els plant that the whole com­mu­nity can be proud of,” a spokesper­son said.

The ap­proval comes with a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing air qual­ity mea­sures such as dust man­age­ment, and noise re­duc­tion mea­sures. Con­struc­tion on the project is ex­pected to be­gin in com­ing weeks and will take about 18 months. Min­is­ter for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said he was ex­cited Borg had de­cided to in­vest in its long term fu­ture in Oberon.

“The tim­ber in­dus­try is the largest em­ployer in the area, pro­vid­ing work for around 500 peo­ple and pro­duc­ing $51.3 mil­lion in gross re­gional prod­uct per year.”

The ex­pan­sion will be built next to Borg’s ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity on Lowes Mount Road and see the con­struc­tion of a ware­house a new man­u­fac­tur­ing line for par­ti­cle board and an up­date to ex­ist­ing ma­chin­ery.

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