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Big River Group expands into Victoria with MB Prefab acquisition

Big River Group has acquired the assets and trading business of MB Prefab Framing Pty Ltd (MB Prefab) in Geelong, Victoria. MB Prefab is the 14th distribution site for the company, following four other business acquisitions in 2017. It is a key step in Big River’s continued expansion into the major population centres of Australia, and will enable them to directly supply the trade segment of the building and construction industry in this area. Source: Timberbiz

Acquiring MB Prefab gives Big River a market position in the growing Geelong region and provides strategic positioning in the prefabrication market, a growing trend in construction design.

“This highly regarded local business will become an important part of the Big River network,” Jim Bindon, CEO of Big River Group said. “The site is very well equipped to supply the broader range of products marketed by Big River Group into all construction segments of the Geelong and broader Melbourne markets.”

MB Prefab has a long trading history in the Geelong market, having been established more than 40 years ago.

Doug Maxwell, one of the founders of MB Prefab, will remain with the business in an operational role, and all staff will be retained as part of the transition into the Big River group.

Big River Group has been operating for more than 100 years, manufacturing and distributing timber and steel formwork products, timber flooring, building products, structural plywood and related timber products.

It also distributes a broad range of other building products primarily to the commercial, residential and infrastructure construction market segments.