At a public meeting held in Wee Waa on the 30th October 1962, Namoi Cotton Co-operative Limited was established and this included a classing service. In 1967-68 22,000 bales were exported after being classed and assessed in this facility to the standards available at the time. By 1973 the classing facility was in full swing and recorded its first major sale of Australian Cotton to China. In 1986 the Wee Waa classing facility was constructed, including implementation of HVI equipment. With many refurbishments over the years to ensure the state-of-the-art facility is at the forefront of today’s standards, this is still where we class your cotton today.
In 2002 Namoi Cotton and the Twynam Agricultural Group entered a joint venture to operate ginning facilities in the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee Valleys. The joint venture was known as the Australian Cotton Ginning Company and operated the Hillston Gin. This led to the establishment in January 2003, of the independent classing company known as Australian Classing Services (ACS). It was another joint venture between Namoi Cotton and the Twynam Agricultural Group. This enabled ACS to service a wider area independently of Namoi Cotton. Australian Classing Services has a long history with the industry under several banners, and now stands out as one of the best independent facilities on offer to the growers and merchants in the Australian Cotton industry.
Click the images below. There are several old images that have been found to tell the story of the Wee Waa facility and its past history within the cotton industry.