Part of Mataura meatworks set for demolition

16:00, Dec 14 2012

Two-thirds of Alliance Group's Mataura meat processing plant will be demolished next year.

The firm met this week to consider demolition plans by demolition experts and engineers who had visited the site earlier this month. In October, the co-operative announced its decision to move its sheapmeat processing to its Lorneville plant, adversely affecting more than 300 jobs.

Beef processing will continue at the plant, after a recent $15 million investment in the beef processing facilities.

Alliance Group general manager of processing John Brader said demolition would proceed in next year's traditional off-season in September and October. In the meantime, the company would assess the value of the plant's equipment and salvage what it could.

Machinery, equipment and products could replace older facilities at other plants, such as at Lorneville. Packaging machinery and stainless steel would be used elsewhere where possible within the company and what was not used would be sold, he said.

Amenities such as the locker rooms could also be consolidated within the existing plant. "We need to try and reduce the size of the footprint of the plant, and reduce the size of the cost."

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The staff office, which is on a separate site a few hundred metres from the plant, would eventually be moved closer.

It was undecided what would happen to the office space, he said.

Mr Brader would not comment on the cost of demolition.

Gore District councillor Steven Dixon said condensing the plant was a practical move by the company. "There are overheads they dont need."

terri.russell@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times