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Tassie quarry expansion opens

Acknowledging the contribution the quarry makes to the local economy, the Honourable David O?Byrne said: ?This expansion demonstrates the confidence Stornoway has in the Tasmanian economy and their own capability and capacity to meet growing construction and maintenance demand in northern Tasmania.?
At full capacity following the expansion, the quarry will produce up to 500,000 tonnes of crushed and screened rock each year.
?I?m delighted to see another local company investing in the future of Tasmania, creating jobs and a stimulus for the economy,? added David O?Byrne. ?I?m particularly proud of the Stornoway story given how long they have been in operation and the contribution they?ve made to the local area over 35 years,? the Minister commented.
Stornoway?s managing director Tim Gardner was delighted to welcome guests from local government, the State Government and the business community to the expansion opening.
?The expansion of our quarry is vital for northern Tasmania. We produce 26 different types of high quality gravel and crushed rock for a wide range of applications and demand is high.
?Stornoway supplies nine local councils and the State Government with materials needed for road maintenance on their networks.
?Our crushed and screened rock is also a vital component for building construction and we?re supplying major companies locally with material for their construction projects.
?For example, we recently supplied material for the construction of Woolworths? new distribution centre just outside of Launceston. This project demanded a very specific type of crushed rock so we customised a product to meet these requirements.?
Tim added that Stornoway has invested more than $3 million into the expansion with new plant and equipment to meet the increased output. He was also delighted that up to 12 new jobs have been generated.
?Our investment reflects a confidence in the local economy and the opportunity that exists for any company that?s focused on customer service. As for further development, I believe we?re only just getting started.?
Source: Stornoway

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