Websters' walnut manager Leigh Titmus said the factory will be used to dehull and dry locally grown walnuts.
"It takes walnuts four years to mature to get a crop, so in 2008 we are going to need that factory to process the crops from the orchards we planted in 2004," Mr Titmus
said."This is just the following on from setting the region up as a growing base for walnuts."And we are hoping to expand on that even further."The company is planning to plant a further 800 hectares at Leeton shortly.Mr Titmus
said the factory would create at least 20 positions over the harvest and processing period from March to May."Obviously the industry has already created several new positions in the area but this means there will be more work over a period when there has previously been little to do in the orchards," he
said.Ultimately, the company plans to build a $10 million facility which will have the ability to grade the product and also crack the nuts to market the kernel.The larger facility is still a concept and Mr Titmus
said it was likely to become a reality in three to four years as the production of walnuts in the area grows.
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