Introduction to Chris Crump
Chris started cutting sleepers with a swing saw and an old Fergie tractor (in his own business 1978) after he finished a boilermaking apprenticeship in Melbourne.
Later Chris (and wife Dawn) obtained a monthly quota to cut railway sleepers for V/line - a portable sawmill was purchased to increase production and also began experimenting with kiln drying timber which is now another branch of the business.
In 2010 NSW State Forest lost 107,000 hectares to become a National Park - we were one of only 2 mills that choose to apply for a wood supply agreement with Forest Corp. NSW.
A much larger mill was purchase and relocated to Mathoura from a Barham sawmill that had closed this kept some employment in the town which was hit hard by the loss of our forests.
Currently we process the timber with a twin edger and a Grey bench.
We supply Bunnings stores and several Melbourne timber yards with red gum garden sleepers, fence posts, wood chips and firewood.