In 1985, Lila died, leaving the business to her sons Kim, Neil, Anthony and Colin. Shortly after, Anthony joined Kim at the Mill. In 1987, land was acquired in Narellan where Neil started to retail timber products. In 1989, the Narellan Paving Centre was bought and Colin joined Neil. In 2001, Neil’s son Daniel commenced an apprenticeship in Cabinet Making and works in the Narellan yard. In 1994, as hardwood became more and more difficult to obtain, the mining industry started to decline and it was decided to make the switch to milling Softwood.
Radiata was sourced from Oberon and Canberra, and demand for the product soon outstripped the supply. Further improvements were made to the mill with a state-of-the-art Multisaw being installed in 1998. Production increased from around 75 cubic meters a week to 250 cubic meters of sawn product. The multi saw technology uses up to 5 blades allowing up to 5 different sizes to be cut in one pass with laser accuracy.
As the mill grew, Kims’ sons, Glen and Jason, joined the company and learnt all facets of the sawmilling business. In 2002, another major improvement was made in the mill with the installation of another recovery multisaw. This machine replaced the original bench that had been built by Denzil in 1968. These improvements enabled a greater range of products to be produced.