Weston Milling’s Moorooka mill is back in business following an extensive rebuild after Queensland’s devastating floods in January.
After more than six months of clearing and rebuilding, Weston Milling is now back producing on-site.
Weston Milling officially re-opened the state’s largest flour and only semolina mill in September with a ceremony thanking and acknowledging Weston Milling’s employees, customers and suppliers for their support during the challenging period.
The ceremony was attended by Queensland member for Yeerongpilly, Simon Finn MP, Major General Richard Wilson and Weston Milling managing director, Peter McKinney.
The mill, located at Moorooka since 1954, is of strategic importance in the supply of flour for both domestic and international markets.
The floodwaters caused considerable water damage, particularly to major electrical equipment, as parts of the site were covered with more than two metres of water.
The rebuilding effort has included new electrical rooms and equipment, refurbishment of the quality assurance laboratory, administration offices and test bakery. There was also a complete clean-down of the warehouse and distribution areas.There has also been extensive refurbishment of essential milling equipment at the site.
“Our people have been sensational, displaying ongoing hard work, patience and perseverance throughout the clean-up and commissioning effort,” a Weston Milling spokesperson said.
“Many employees temporarily moved to work in Weston Milling’s mills in New South Wales and South Australia to help produce the flour needed to supply Queensland customers. These employees have returned to Queensland and we thank them and their families for their assistance.”
The Moorooka site produces a range of flours to make bread, cakes, biscuits, pastry and noodles. Customers range from large businesses such as Tip Top Bakeries and Top Taste Cakes, to small hot bread shops.