Timber Partnership Securing the Future

Management and Employees from Oakdale Timber and Neville Smith Forest Products at the launch of the new strategic partnership.

We are excited to announce that Oakdale Timber and Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP) have formed a long term strategic partnership.

Under the agreement, NSFP will provide any timber shortfalls if they arise from our current timber suppliers, securing our long term timber supply needs. In addition, NSFP will purchase all Tasmanian Oak wholesale timber and wood pellets produced at the Warrane site.

NSFP is a family owned business, operating in Tasmania since 1924. NSFP is the largest producer of Tasmanian Oak and supplies to Tasmanian, Australian and export customers. NSFP understands and supports Oakdale’s mission and goals as an employer of people with disabilities, having had a long term relationship with the Self Help Workshop (another Australian Disability Enterprise) in Launceston.

CEO Drew Beswick welcomed the new business alliance.

“We are delighted to partner with NSFP, a Tasmanian company that understands our mission and shares our core values. The alliance will help ensure the security of jobs at Oakdale Timber and provide future growth and development opportunities for our people,” said Drew.

In addition to securing timber supply, NSFP will also share their industry and technical knowledge with the current management team.

“Together we will work to improve operating processes and efficiencies, particularly with the commissioning of the new pelletiser production facility currently under construction at the Warrane site,” continued the CEO.

From 1 July 2019, all Tasmanian Oak timber & heating pellets produced at Oakdale Timber is pre-purchased by NSFP and will be subsequently re-distributed by NSFP to its Tasmanian, Australian and Export customers.