Hyne Group New Partners Visit Tumbarumba

Photo: Tom Bruce-Jones, Jon Kleinschmidt, Eddie Balfour and Katie Fowden with the Snowy Valleys Council Mayor and Councillors.

Following the Hyne Group partnership announcement last month, Board Directors from the new UK-based James Jones & Sons Limited (JJSL) shareholder, Tom Bruce-Jones and Eddie Balfour, joined Hyne Group CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt and Strategic Relations Manager, Katie Fowden, for a meet and greet with the Snowy Valleys Council.

The new Hyne Group Chairman, Tom Bruce-Jones, welcomed the opportunity to reassure the Council that it is business as usual for the Tumbarumba sawmill including no changes to the Hyne Community Trust which will be calling for its annual applications once again in the lead up to June.

“Eddie and I have loved our visit to Tumbarumba and we welcomed the opportunity to meet the Mayor, Councillors and CEO of the Council in person and we look forward to the ongoing relationship and support.

“The Hyne Community Trust is an excellent initiative and I am so pleased so many organisations have benefitted from this providing lasting benefits to the community.  

“As we already knew from our due diligence, prior to entering our partnership with the Hyne Group, the sawmill in Tumbarumba is world class. Due to travel restrictions this is first time we have been able to meet the highly professional and skilled team members and are both very impressed and delighted with what we saw throughout the site.

“It was really interesting to learn about all of the innovations that have been employed, and indeed by the scale of all the different areas. 

Photo: Eddie Balfour, Tom Bruce-Jones, Phil Green, Mike Beardsell, Jon Kleinschmidt, Belinda Lengenberg, Nick Firth and Katie Fowden at the Forest Corporation NSW Nursery in Tumut

“Our visit to Forest Corporation NSW also provided us with a greater understanding of the terrible impacts from the bushfires, but also gave us reassurances for the opportunities ahead. We visited a two-year-old forest area which was planted after the bushfires as well as the plantation nursery, which will provide future carbon negative products to build homes and secure the future of Tumbarumba jobs and the long-term viability of the sawmill.” Mr Bruce-Jones said.

Photo: Mike Beardsell, Jon Kleinschmidt, Tom Bruce-Jones and Belinda Lengenberg in Forest Corporation NSW Plantation Estate.

“The visit to Tumbarumba was part of a two-week, packed itinerary including Hyne Timber’s Maryborough and Brisbane sites and the XLam facility at Wodonga, Australia’s pioneering Cross Laminated Timber plant.

“It also enabled us to spend time with the Hyne family who have retained just over a 40% share in the business and for the new Board members to get acquainted properly.” Added Tom Bruce-Jones.

The Hyne Group and JJSL partnership brings together a combined 320 years of family-owned sawmilling heritage to pursue growth opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.

JJSL traces its history back 180 years and five generations and is today recognised as one of the most innovative and efficient timber producers in Europe.