New beginning at old timber mill

LIKE a Phoenix from the ashes, Hurfords' new $10 million timber mill on the old Norply site is close to completion.

After being destroyed by fire five years ago, it is due to commence operation by Christmas.

Managing director, Andrew Hurford, was on-site yesterday surveying progress and proudly showing off the group's new baby.

“What we've designed here is a mill based around our North Coast resource that we think will give us the best value for that resource,” he said.

“We'll produce will high-quality flooring and joinery associated with the interior fit-out of homes, large commercial premises, museums, galleries, and that sort of thing.”

Mr Hurford says the company is in for the long hall and, once up and running, the mill will employ 25people on a one shift basis. But he hopes to initiate a second shift as production grows.

While not quite the labour-intensive operation that Norply was, locals are more than happy to see the site productive again.

Mr Hurford said as much of the investment as possible was directed into the local economy by using local engineering firms, builders and contractors.



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