Thomas Foods International’s new Murray Bridge facility takes shape

By late 2022, hundreds of people will work in buildings whose frames are now emerging above paddocks at Pallamana.

Thomas Foods International’s new Murray Bridge meat works is starting to take shape.

With earthworks and foundations completed, the first sections of a 10-storey-high building are now being built on Temora Way at Pallamana, north of the city.

The building will contain an automated packaging plant attached to TFI’s beef processing facility, where hundreds of jobs will become available late next year.

Group engineering manager Nekta Nicolaou said the construction site would be a busy place over the next 12 months.

“In total 180,000 cubic metres of soil is being moved around within the site ... approximately 13,500 cubic metres of concrete is being laid and from this solid base the plant is beginning to emerge.

“It’s now when you can start to picture the full magnitude of this build and it’s exciting to see.”

Stockyards, a wastewater treatment plant, automated freezing and storage facilities and worker amenities will also be built as part of the first stage of works at the site.

Sheep processing facilities will follow in the next few years.

The new facility will replace TFI’s original Murray Bridge meat works, which was destroyed by fire in January of 2018.

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