In 1997 a detailed analysis of the kiln dried timber waste market in Victoria was undertaken in conjunction with a technical investigation into the types of equipment that could be used to produce timber briquettes.
Associations and contacts within the Australian Home Heating Association and the Furniture Industry Association were instrumental in forming a picture of the overall breadth and depth of the potential market and data and information relating to where shavings and sawdust were generated, volumes, types of waste, transport and purchasing costs were subsequently used to determine where a suitable manufacturing facility could be located.
As part of this search, a briquetting plant, using a large mechanical press was found to be in existence in Adelaide, South Australia.
Eco Logs purchased the briquetting plant and ancillary equipment in May 1998 from Symonds and Clark, a logistics company that had acquired the operating site from the original saw millers, Le Messurier’s
The process of decommissioning, transporting and relocating the entire manufacturing facility to Victoria commenced later that year with the purchase of an acre of vacant land from the Mitchell Shire Council.
The last load of equipment and remaining stock finally arrived from Adelaide in August 1999.
Eco Logs continues to produce timber briquettes using the exact same equipment from within the Industrial Estate just outside Seymour on the road to Yea. The site has a varied history and it is known to be the former home of the barracks for the Light Horse Infantry dating back to WW1.