$106M BORG EXPANSION
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.