Construction starts at the new Thomas Foods International site today, with Premier Steven Marshall to turn the first sod.
The site at Greenfield, 10 kilometres North of the Murray Bridge township, will replace the original facility plant beside the Rocky Gully wetland on Mannum Road that was destroyed by fire in January 2018.
Thomas Foods International CEO Darren Thomas announced in November that SA company BADGE was appointed as the principal contractor, following a comprehensive tender process.
“The fire, as devastating and disruptive as it was, has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something truly special. We have been determined since Day One not just to replace to the facility at Murray Bridge but to build something bigger and better," Mr Thomas said.
“We see this facility as setting the industry benchmark for technology, efficiency, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and workplace safety.”
Stage One of the build is expected to create about 500 jobs and will include beef processing facilities (with an initial capacity of up to 600 head per day), beef boning room with automated packaging technology; animal handling facilities designed to the highest animal welfare standards, storing rooms, stockyards; employee amenities and administration facilities.
Construction and commissioning of Stage One is expected to be completed over the next 24 months.
Subsequent stages of the development will include the addition of smallstock (sheep and lambs) processing facilities and further expansion of the beef facilities in order to take the plant’s total processing capacity to 1,200 head of beef and 15,000 head of smallstock per day.
In total, the project is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.
Meanwhile works are well underway on a 2.2km public link road between Mannum Road and the development site under a Federal and State Government-funded infrastructure program.
TFI Aerial image of Stage 1 project, provided by Corporate Conversation