The Wool Factory sheep pens for sale in new form

A PIECE of Wimmera history has hit the market – albeit in a different form.

Axis Worx is selling planter boxes made of timber from The Wool Factory’s sheep pens. 

The Horsham-based factory, established in 1983, stopped wool production in April last year. 

A downturn in the wool market forced the business to convert the factory to an e-waste centre. 

Manager Bill Schmidt said Axis Worx’ supported employees had made 120 planter boxes during the past three months. 

“The sheep operation was going for a lot of years and it was such an iconic business,” he said. 

“We have been left with these pens that have no sheep in them so we came up with this idea to make a product when we dismantled them. 

“Instead of the timber going to landfill or being burnt, we have created a product.”

Mr Schmidt said the project showed the business’s versatility. 

“This is quite a big thing for us to show people what we are capable of,” he said. 

“If people had a link to the wool shed over the years, this is one way of retaining some history.”

Mr Schmidt said planter boxes were available from the Axis Worx site in Golf Course Road. 

He said the boxes range in size and started at $20.

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