Riverland Treated Pine at Loxton North in the Riverland of South Australia
History of RIverland treated pine
Riverland Treated Pine at Loxton North has been established since 1985
 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverland Treated Pine was established in May 1985 by director David Kimber. David an ex school teacher, is a wine grape grower in the Riverland of South Australia at Loxton North. Loxton North is a WW2 Soldier Settlement scheme which commenced in 1948.

David perceived the need for quality permapine vine trellis posts at affordable prices and with technical help from chemical supplier Arch Chemicals he built a CCA (copper, chrome and arsenic) pressure treatment plant on land opposite his vineyard. "On a very frayed shoe string" muses David.
In the beginning he worked both his vineyard and the treatment plant. The usual "luck" came from 90 hour working weeks, and attention to economic detail and a firm belief in quality and service.

Vineyard trellis posts were the bread and butter, with poles, pergola posts and urban sale lines making up the range. Lattice panels made onsite were added to the product range.

In 1988 David became a part owner of South Eastern Pine Peelers Pty Ltd at Comaum near Coonawarra. Felling, hauling and peeling of forest posts and poles gave Riverland Treated Pine an assured supply of good quality wood, predominantly sourced from the state forests in the region.
A fillip to the business and a source of pride to the Kimber family was Riverland Treated Pine's Rural Innovation Award for Australian Small Business in 1988.

In 1990, daughter Samantha joined the business part time to assist with the bookwork. By 1999 David had bought out his partners at Comaum and added a cambio de-barker to cater for the burgeoning demand for cambio posts in the vineyard trellis industry. A skid-off unloader for a semi trailer was also purchased to allow easy unloading of trellis posts on customers' properties - an addition greatly appreciated by them.

In 1997 Riverland Treated Pine purchased a large, modern treatment cylinder which was capable of doubling the volume of wood treated in a day. The old treatment shed was turned into the lattice making shed and a new treatment shed with complying engineering and environmental safeguards was erected. The yard area was doubled in size to cater for cambio debarking of posts sourced from the Adelaide Hills. Staff numbers had grown and a large office was added alongside the new sheds; a far cry from the toilet sized original office used.

In 2001 a new timber store shed was built to cope with the growing demand for sawn and dressed timber and associated handyman lines.
In late 2001 David retired from daily duties and daughter Samantha took his place managing the various business interests of the Kimber family. An Operations Manager assisted with day to day duties at Riverland Treated Pine and oversight of the Comaum debarking operations.

In 2005 the debarking operations at Comaum were closed down and transferred to Loxton North.

The business continues to grow and has diversified into a range of products to compliment original lines.

2010 - Riverland Treated Pine was sold after 25 years of business ownership by David & Chris Kimber.  On 1st July 2010 under the new ownership of Ed & Luke Morgan from Jamestown a new chapter began.
Morgan Sawmill Jamestown is a well established family business situated in Jamestown in the Mid North of South Australia.  The only fully functioning Sawmill in the mid north, their sawmill products include high grade timber cut for the pergola and outdoor timber market along with lower grade pallet and produce bin material.  They manufacture pallets and produce bins over three sites at Loxton North, Jamestown and Adelaide.
The purchase of Riverland Treated Pine allows Morgan Sawmill greater control of the complete timber value add process from start to finish.

2014 - Commissioned the Tan-E treatment facility.

 

 
Riverland Treated Pine
LOXTON NORTH SA 5333
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