Wollondilly Mayor ‘disappointed’ at manufacturers decision to leave Picton

The local community in Picton is disappointed with Interface’s decision not to rebuild its factory in the shire after a fire in July destroyed the building.

Interface Australia, a subsidiary of the U.S. based company Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial modular carpet has announced it will not rebuild the factory in Picton, but instead plans to relocate to another area of Sydney.

The decision comes as disappointment locals in the area, with the factory employing 180 people before the fire, Macarthur Chronicle reported.

"While we understand the commercial realities any business faces in a situation such as this, we are very disappointed that they will not be staying in Wollondilly," Wollondilly Mayor Col Mitchell said.

Wollondilly state Liberal MP Jai Rowell agreed.

"It is disappointing to hear that we are losing Interface from Picton … but pleasing to know that they have decided to remain in Australia and in the region," he said.

Interface is considering rebuilding the manufacturing facility at an existing building located in Minto and said the site’s size and location will allow it to combine manufacturing from Picton and the warehousing facility at Eastern Creek under one roof.

"From a sustainable point of view it is important to note we will not only be manufacturing locally, with new equipment, but that the proposed site is much more efficient," Interface managing director Clinton Squires said.

"Less transport and less waste mean a lower overall environmental footprint.

"It is disappointing that rebuilding the factory in Picton doesn't seem economically viable, primarily because (of) the delay a rebuild will cause.

"An existing building allows us to get our people back to work and to servicing our customers with local production as soon as possible."

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