Ekena Millworks shutters and barnetts mills have been shuttered due to poor wind and rain conditions in a region that was recently hit by devastating floods.
Ekena is a former millwork operator that has been producing and selling recycled steel to power plants for the last 40 years.
It employs over 10,000 people, but the millwork business is now in the hands of a new owner.
The owner, the company’s former owner, said the millworks closure was due to bad weather.
“We are struggling with poor weather conditions which will not be solved overnight,” Ekenas former owner Jörg Loeser told the ABC.
The millwork plant, which is about 300 kilometres north of Melbourne, was shut down on Friday due to the bad weather and bad weather-related damages.
When the wind stopped at Ekenaa, the power plant’s turbine blades fell out of the barnetts millworks shuttering mechanism and onto the plant’s cooling tower.
After the wind died down, the cooling tower had to be replaced, the owner said.
Loeser said it was not clear if the plant was being shut down due to wind or rain.
“The reason for the closure is a little bit more complicated,” he said.
“We have a lot of problems and some of them are mechanical, which we are trying to fix.”
The millworks facility, located in the southern state of Western Australia, produces the steel used in the construction of buildings and industrial equipment.
The owner said it had no idea if the closure would have a material impact on the company.
“[We have] no idea what the impact of the closure might be, but we know that it’s very challenging,” he told the BBC.
“I think that the loss of a millwork is a big loss for the people working here, the workers who live and work in the mill, and for the environment,” he added.
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