The SunPork Group is partnering with Wiley to upgrade and expand their processing capacity at the Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory by early 2019. The new slaughter room on the western side of Swickers’ site is a $60 million greenfield expansion that will further establish the business as the largest pork processor in the state.
As the largest employer in the South Burnett region, this expansion is a significant investment in the community’s future. Swickers currently processes over ninety per cent of the pigs processed in Queensland, and this expansion will allow the broader pig industry in Queensland to grow with the increased processing capacity. Swickers is the only export accredited pig abattoir in Queensland and their quality pork is much in demand by local and export customers.
Wiley has been engaged on both the design and the delivery of the project and will be working with local suppliers to deliver the project. Wiley Senior Project Manager, Greg Lynn said “I am looking forward to delivering this project for Swickers with local suppliers in the South Burnett region. This project has been a vision of the company for some time and I am excited to be helping them to realise it.”
Wiley Managing Director, Tom Wiley said “we are proud to be designing and delivering this facility for Swickers to enable them to respond to demand while also being a huge investment in the community. I am excited to be working with a company who shares our community values and bringing their project to life.”
Wiley has been collaborating on the design with Swickers to ensure their facility upgrade is state of the art and future proofed. While not required immediately, the new plant will be capable of processing at three times the speed and overall volume of the current plant. Wiley will be delivering; complete slaughter floor, freezer, chillers, amenities and offal rooms. The 4700m2 project will take approximately 12 months to complete.