30 years of Midcoast Timber, offering quality products, quality service
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Truss and Frame 

Manufacturing Plant
Well whilst many of you were enjoying a well earned rest over the December /  January period the Midcoast team were hard at work on a few projects to improve our service offer. We commenced the relocation of our Truss & Frame operations from Somersby to Wyong during January – with the final equipment move on February 1. With February nearly over we have had three weeks of operation in the new premises and whilst it is still a long way from operating to its maximum we were producing trusses in two days from the move and frames in four days. With the Truss & Frame Division of Midcoast not quite yet three years in operation it was clear that we had outgrown our original facility and production capacity quicker than expected. We have moved to a factory some 2.5 times larger and a flat rear yard (if it can stay dry) so we have room to grow for many more years with the new facility. We were also lucky enough to have obtained some relatively newer production equipment and also have upgraded our computer and communications systems to improve our service.
So whilst we may have been struggling to keep up with quoting and scheduling over the past three weeks we have been sorting through minor issues and trying to maintain our delivery promises, whilst working towards the ultimate goal of growing our production volume. I again need to acknowledge the work of Ken, Phil, Kevin, John, Danni and the rest of the team in achieving this fast turnaround and with little impact to our valuable customers. I am sure they are all looking forward to things getting more back to normal and building some consistency in the processes.


The other project we have been madly working on is the installation of new racking at our Gosford Branch.  Late last year we decided to invest in some new racking to improve our storage and product quality (less moving means less possible damage) and from this review we ordered some five bays of single sided cantilever racking. This was installed early January at the store and for those that have visited I am sure you will appreciate the difference.  Whilst we were preparing the area for the racking we found that the drive through area pigeon hole loose timber storage racks were damaged and did not allow for repair or modification – so new racking was required.
The result of this saw a complete internal racking revamp and has allowed us better storage and work flow area, hopefully also a more efficient and timely access to the bulk pack products. The loose timber storage area was also modified with a different location for the long length products and also allowing us to use the top of the racks for storage. My appreciation to the efforts of the two Peter’s and their staff, for the enthusiasm and effort that they put into the removal of stock, dismantling of racks and then the final refilling of product. Whilst they say a picture is a thousand words I think there were more than 1000 words said in the making of these two pictures below.

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After many years of strong support Midcoast has decided to transfer its supply requirements for fibre cement product from CSR Cemintel to James Hardie. Many of you may think why is this necessary? But it is actually driven by you and your customers.  During the past five years the growth of “cladding” products in lieu of brick has continued with above market growth figures. Midcoast has been sourcing many of these products through a third party supplier and we have been unable to stock and source many of the required products in the time required by you our customers. With James Hardie having a strong supply relationship with Dahlsens we see a similar opportunity and growth potential for Midcoast with the Hardies products. So over the next few weeks we will be transitioning our standard flat sheet products and adding some of the specialty products to our inventory – feel free to contact your Branch Manager to discuss your requirements.
Also in early February Midcoast commenced as a stockist of the Laminex Particle Board flooring range – most of you knowing Green Tongue (19mm) to replace the Orange Tongue from D R Henderson that we had supported for many years. Once again we believe the product to be an improvement in quality, service and support and feel that this is a better offer to you.
Optimistically these changes will flow through the business as smoothly as practical however if you have any issues due to the changes please ensure you discuss with your Sales Rep or Branch Manager so we can work through this with you.
Please note we will continue to support both CSR Cemintel and D R Henderson products but at a reducing level (inventory) but will obtain products as special orders if practical and necessary.



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No Bake Lemon Slice



  • 250 g sweet plain biscuits (I use Marie)
  • 125 g butter melted
  • 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs butter melted
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice *to taste
  1. Crush biscuits and mix in coconut.
  2. Add finely grated lemon rind and mix.
  3. Combine melted butter and condensed milk, add to dry mixture.  Mix well.
  4. Press into a lined slice tin and set in fridge.
  5. Icing: Mix all icing ingredients (with lemon juice to taste) and ice when cooled.  Optional: sprinkle with desiccated coconut
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