Australia’s leading animal feed manufacturer, Ridley Corporation has officially opened the new extrusion plant at Westbury, Tasmania.
The official opening of the new extruded feed facility was led by Ridley’s interim CEO David Lord, Tasmanian premier, the Hon. Will Hodgman and Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Mr. Guy Barnett. A team from LGPM were there to congratulate and mark the ceremony.
“Ridley is proud to have delivered this high quality, state of the art facility for our customers and the industry. This facility allows Ridley to combine its market leading technical and nutritional expertise with world class manufacturing capability. It is a mark of our commitment to the extruded feeds industries and will enable the continued growth and development of these industries.”, remarking the launch, Lord stated.
The $50 million Westbury facilitywill supply markets in Australiaand New Zealand and is expected to produce 50,000 tons of extrudedfeed per year.
LGPM designed, supplied, installed and commissioned the intake, macro ingredient and bulk bag filling systems. The bulk intake included; integrated dust extraction, cleaning and storage silos. The micro-ingredient dosing system included discharge stations and dosing screws, feeding into weighing hoppers capable of accurately dosing batches of macro ingredients. Also, included are associated structural steel and mechanical conveying systems to enable plant operation. LGPM is also proud to have provided their world class bulk bag filling system for the packing offinished feed.
LGPM’s General Manager, Bruce Stewart said; “LGPM has been working closely with Ridley over the past 20 years, but this unique project allowed us to create a truly innovative, technologically advanced, quality solution that satisfied Ridley’s high expectations. Congratulations to Ridley on their new extrusion plant!”
The Tasmanian government granted $2 milling in funding to support the project. There were 550 contractors and subcontractors engaged throughout the course of the project from 40 different businesses.More than 90 percent of those were local Tasmanian businesses.
LGPM’s senior project manager, Mark Doran said: “The team from LGPM were humbled to have had the opportunity to work on this project and we really enjoyed working with contractors, subcontractors and suppliers throughout the project. We are proud to say that LGPM had a perfect OH&S record through all stages of the project. We are particularly proud of the collaborative nature of the project with all contractors working together to ensure the most favourable outcome for Ridley.”
We would particularly like to thank Ridley’s and LGPM’s project partners: Wiley, HB Engineering, Kolmark, Broad Engineering and Locke Project Services.