Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BLAKE ANTROBUS blake.antrobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

UP TO 42 new jobs are in line for Mary­bor­ough when a new glue lam­i­nated tim­ber plant is built over the com­ing weeks.

Hyne Tim­ber an­nounced the $20-mil­lion ex­pan­sion to its ex­ist­ing plant in Mary­bor­ough’s In­dus­trial Es­tate yes­ter­day.

The new plant, partly funded by the State Govern­ment’s Jobs and Re­gional Growth fund, will fo­cus on the pro­duc­tion of glue lam­i­nated tim­ber.

Mary­bor­ough MP Bruce Saun­ders said the ex­pan­sion would make Hyne Tim­ber one of the the largest glue lam­i­nated tim­ber man­u­fac­tur­ers in the South­ern Hemi­sphere and al­low them to ex­pand their prod­uct to target larger scale, na­tional con­struc­tion projects.

“This project will open doors for this great com­pany... lead­ing to more jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mary­bor­ough lo­cals,” Mr Saun­ders said.

“The com­pany is a ma­jor em­ployer in the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion with more than 300 lo­cal staff, mak­ing it a valu­able eco­nomic as­set for the Mary­bor­ough com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing area.”

Hyne Tim­ber Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer John Klein­schmidt said the in­vest­ment had never been more timely.

“We have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in de­mand for glue lam­i­nated tim­ber prod­ucts so this new ca­pa­bil­ity can in­crease vol­umes and im­prove speed of de­liv­ery,” Mr Klein­schmidt said.

“In­creased ca­pa­bil­ity here in Aus­tralia will be a game changer for the con­struc­tion sec­tor and a very pos­i­tive area of growth for Mary­bor­ough.”

The new glue lam­i­nated tim­ber plant is ex­pected to be fin­ished about mid-2019, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The in­vest­ment comes amid grow­ing in­ter­est in Mary­bor­ough’s tim­ber in­dus­try, which has re­mained a rare con­stant as the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try con­tin­ues to feel the pain of lost rail con­tracts over the years.

In March, the Fed­eral Govern­ment granted $1.75 mil­lion to Dale and Meyer’s Mary­bor­ough Sawmill for a pro­duc­tion line to de­velop lam­i­nated tim­ber prod­ucts.

Last year, plans for a new tim­ber fire sta­tion were an­nounced by Hyne Tim­ber.

Photo: Alis­tair Bright­man

EX­PAN­SION: Hyne Tim­ber CEO Jon Klein­schmidt (L) with Mem­ber for Mary­bor­ough Bruce Saun­ders and Fraser Coast mayor Ge­orge Sey­mour.

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