11th hour move to save factory

LAST-MINUTE orders have given Ipswich business Kingwall Manufacturing a glimmer of hope it won't have to close yet.

Last week, the Queensland Times revealed the business, which has operated for 59 years, faced having to close tomorrow.

The situation arose from the pressures of cheap overseas imports, the strong Australian dollar and a sales slowdown.

Owners Jeff and Wayne Wallace said it was heartbreaking to be faced with giving redundancies to 41 staff in the coming weeks.

But this week, Jeff Wallace said an 11th-hour order for the bedroom furniture manufacturer put off the need to make a decision to close.

“We've definitely got two more weeks; that's a positive,” Mr Wallace said.

“The final decision will be made before then.

“We've got a little bit more work with the mining sector; that padded things out a bit.”

The Wallace brothers said bedroom furniture manufacturing had steadily declined in recent decades.

Kingwall also did work for Boral's North Ipswich plywood plant and its recent closure had an impact on their trade.

The Boral closure in June saw 164 jobs go, while last year the closure of Australian Hardboards saw 145 jobs axed and 120 workers also lost their positions last year at engineering firm Bradken.