A SIGNIFICANT boost for the local economy has been heralded with Sigma Pharmaceuticals officially beginning construction on a new technologically advanced distribution centre in Berrinba.
The official sod turning ceremony today was attended by Logan mayor Luke Smith and representatives from the Queensland Regional Economic Development.
Sigma’s Managing Director and CEO Mark Hooper said the $65 million investment would ensure the efficient and effective distribution of critically needed medicines to patients throughout Queensland.
The construction of the 15 000 square metre facility by FKG Group will create up to 50 jobs on site during the construction phase. Councillor Luke Smith said Sigma Pharmaceutical’s decision to locate its business in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia would add to Logan’s reputation as a prime location for businesses with a focus on distribution throughout the region.
With a 250 kW solar installation to run the temperature controlled facility – one of the largest solar installations in the industry - the new distribution centre is pitched to set the standard in the wholesale pharmacy sector for environmental sustainability.
“This system will generate 20 per cent of our electricity needs and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by up to 340 tonnes per annum,” Mr Hooper said.
Other features of the new centre, which is set over 15, 000 metres include energy efficient lighting systems and water efficient initiatives, including solar hot water and a 40,000 litre storm water collection facility to contribute towards a self-sustaining site.
The new facility is due for completion in late 2017.
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