Flour Mill opens at Picton

The new $97 million flour and maize milling complex built by Allied Mills at Picton (NSW) will be opened by The Hon. Phil Costa, NSW Minister for Regional Development at 11.45 AM on Tuesday 31 March 2009.
Joe Di Leo Managing Director of Allied Mills said, “The opening of the Picton mill marks the first time in 50 years that a ‘greenfield’ flour mill has been constructed and commissioned in NSW. The official opening of the mill is the culmination of 5 years of planning and construction, and the investment of $97 million dollars in regional NSW.”

The Allied Mills Picton complex will mill hard and soft wheat and maize products at an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes, for customers such as Arnotts, Woolworths, Muffin Break, Yarrows, Kerry Ingredients, Sara Lee, Kellogg and PepsiCo.

“The location of the milling complex on the south western fringe of Sydney allows us to take advantage of major road transport links to our customers, who are themselves located on the fringes of Sydney. Our new location means that we are not constrained by the curfews that applied to our old Summer Hill site, allowing us to service customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (if we need to).”

“The new mill is also located on the major north – south rail line, allowing us to dramatically increase the efficiency of the delivery of wheat and maize to the site. A significant part of the $97 million cost of the new complex was spent on the new rail siding and associated track works, demonstrating our commitment to transporting grain by rail,” Mr Di Leo said.

Allied Mills is a 60 : 40 joint venture between GrainCorp and Cargill Australia.

Mr Di Leo said, “Cargill is one of the world’s largest and most experienced millers. Their expertise in mill design and commissioning was invaluable. At Picton we used a construction process that had never been applied to the construction of a mill in Australia. So not only are we using ‘state of the art’ milling technology, we have broken new ground with the building technique we used.”

“Allied Mills is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Picton community. Over 125 jobs were directly associated with the mill’s construction, with a further 30 permanent jobs supporting the mills operation,” Mr Di Leo said.

Contact:

Stephanie Vass – Allied Mills (02) 9352 4888
David Ginns – GrainCorp Corporate Affairs (02) 9325 9132