A NEW industry-leading freezer facility at Wingham Beef Exports will help boost the local economy.
Construction, which is to commence this month, is expected to take about 12 months and local contracts shall be engaged at the site whenever possible.
More efficient plate freezing equipment will be used, applying direct contact methods to freeze product.
Not only will this ensure a quieter, cleaner and more resourceful outcome, but the company's environmental impact will be significantly reduced.
The project will substantially increase safety for workers on the site, through technological advances in warehousing. Manual handling will be greatly reduced along with forklift movements and worker interaction.
The refurbishment will at least triple the plant's holding capacity and provide better working conditions within the loadout areas.
Grant Coleman, general manager, says this is a boost not only for the company, but also for the town and its surrounds.
"Everyone will ultimately benefit by adopting a more efficient and sophisticated material handling process at the plant for the future of the livestock industry of the surrounding area," said Grant.
"The Manning Valley area produces some of the finest British bred cattle, with the brand Manning Valley Naturally being exported to Japan, the USA, China and Korea, and domestically into the major supermarkets of Australia."