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Big River Group

Big River Group




Arndell Park, Kiama, Junction Hill, Forest Hill, Meadowbrook, Garbutt, Buddina, Braeside, Canning Vale, Port Adelaide

HR Contact:

Dave Nicol



Contact Times:

Office hours: 9.00am-5.00pm




000 009 754




27 Penny Place
Arndell Park, NSW 2148

The Big River Group is an Australian family-owned company with a history of more than 100 years in the timber industry. Third and fourth generation members of the founding Pidcock family remain actively involved in the company.

Big River is one of the largest private timber manufacturing and marketing businesses in Australia, with a diverse business servicing all Australian States as well as international projects.

All timber processed by Big River is sourced from sustainably managed plantation and regrowth forests which have Australian Forestry Standard Certification. Big River has Chain of Custody certification under Australian Forestry Standard AS 4707. Big River Sydney Branch is Chain of Custody (CoC) certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification number SA-COC-002336.

In line with the vision to maximise the value of every log processed, Big River has installed an industry leading co-generation electricity plant, where manufacturing wood waste is used to create renewable energy on site, thereby greatly reducing the company's requirement to source energy from the grid. This power plant is officially registered with the Office of Renewable Energy, and also qualifies for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), an official recognition of the production of "green energy".

Manufacturing operations are headquartered at Grafton, in northern NSW, employing some 160 people, where a range of hardwood and pine resource is processed into various timber products. The modern rotary veneer factory is Australia's only value-added processor of hardwood resource. In 2008, Big River also commenced steel roll forming at Grafton.

The company also owns another major mill at Wagga Wagga in NSW which manufactures a broad range of plywood and veneer products from plantation Radiata Pine, a renewable log resource and employing 90 staff.

Big River also owns and manages sales and distribution operations in Sydney, Illawarra, Brisbane, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, servicing the construction and building industry as well as the manufacturing sector with a diverse range of timber products and other associated construction materials.

These products are sourced from Big River manufacturing facilities and from other leading manufacturers of timber and building products. These operations employ some 100 staff, making the Big River Group a fully integrated operation, from the sourcing of logs from State Forests of NSW, through to the sale of the finished product to the end customer.

Capital expenditure in recent times has focused on state-of-the-art processing equipment, which is fundamental to the future of the business and Big River's determination to remain an industry leader.