The new flour mill at Washdyke is taking shape, and will be "something spectacular" when it is completed, new general manager Grant Bunting says. "It's very exciting," he said yesterday. Mr Bunting, who has been in the role a week, said the building itself was "well and truly finished". The milling equipment was in place and being installed and commissioned. Construction of the mill is on schedule with final commissioning expected to take place next month...

The new flour mill at Washdyke is taking shape, and will be "something spectacular" when it is completed, new general manager Grant Bunting says.

"It's very exciting," he said yesterday. Mr Bunting, who has been in the role a week, said the building itself was "well and truly finished". The milling equipment was in place and being installed and commissioned. Construction of the mill is on schedule with final commissioning expected to take place next month.

The equipment is state of the art and has not been seen before in New Zealand. It is designed to mill soft wheat to a higher standard than some older equipment. The mill is being built by Farmers Mill, a new company set up by South Canterbury grain storage company Grainstor.

About 15 Italian workers are at the site installing the milling equipment in the factory. "These guys travel all around the world and this is all they do," he said.

The mill will produce premium biscuit, baking and bread flours to the specifications of high-end customers. It will initially employ five to seven staff.

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 19/01/2013

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