Wiley & Co has completed a state-of-the-art hide processing facility for Swift Australia. The Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Queensland Parliament speaker John Mickel joined Swift Australia officials and Wesley Batista, CEO of Swift’s parent company JBS, in opening the facility on Monday 29th March. Built on the grounds of Swift’s existing Dinmore site, the new facility will employ more than
50 new staff and process up to 6000 hides each day.
Swift Australia’s objective was to create an environmentally sound hides processing facility, allowing them the ability to process hides in-house. Wiley was contracted to design, engineer and construct the new hides processing facility to meet Swift’s hide processing needs from multiple plants throughout Queensland. Hide processing typically has an adverse environmental impact due to high salt discharge and water use, but this hide processing facility engineered by Wiley is now considered a nil discharge site with no adverse environmental impact. This world-class hide processing facility for Swift is innovative, environmentally-effective, sustainable and designed to last in a highly corrosive salt atmosphere. The facility is easy to operate and maintain, has reduced processing costs significantly while improving control over the product, and is cost-efficient to build and operate over its lifecycle.