Thomas Foods International’s abattoir up in flames

Thomas Foods International’s abattoir up in flames

Thomas Foods International’s giant abattoir in Australia hit by devastating fire


THOMAS Foods International is promising it will come back bigger and better in Murray Bridge, in the wake of a devastating fire that ripped through one of the nation’s largest abattoirs.

TFI chief executive Darren Thomas said some of the company’s 1400 employees would be redeployed to its Lobethal abattoir, but would not say if there would be redundancies.

“Moving forward there is going to be disruption to the Murray Bridge facility but it’s too early to say how long that is going to be,” Mr Thomas said.

“The most important thing to me is the staff and wellbeing of our workers, because there are many of them.

“The main focus over the ensuing months is to ensure our employees are employed in whatever format that might be.”

Mr Thomas vowed to reopen the Murray Bridge site and their Lobethal and Tamworth operations would manage its small stock production in the meantime.

Beef orders would be processed at other sites.

“We’ll be back bigger, better and stronger, we’re committed to this industry,” he said, saying the business would stand by his “family” of workers.

“At their time of need we’re not going to be walking away from them,” Mr Thomas said.

“I’ve seen 20 years of my life almost evaporate before my eyes, but I’m committed more than ever to return Murray Bridge back to the jewel in the crown that it was in South Australia.”

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AAP, Adam Langenberg, Tim Williams, Andrew Hough, The Advertiser