Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
20 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 4346587AA JNL JUKEN NEW ZEALAND LTD Happy Birthday JNL. Teletronics are proud to have been Radio Telephone providers to Juken New Zealand Ltd for the last 20 years. If you want to talk and stay safe in the forest, on the farm and on the road. Talk to Teletronics about how RT technology will work for you. Call the experts: Teletronics 128 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 0149 CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4345651AA Importance of the JNL mill to region cannot be overstated ' The mill is more than just a Waingawa landmark -- it has been fundamental to the economic prosperity of the whole region. Welcome to this special Wairarapa News sup- plement celebrating 20 years of the JNL Wairarapa mill. It is a great privilege for this publication to be given the oppor- tunity to record this tremendous milestone. Juken New Zea- land has played an integral role in the local economy for two decades. The mill is the largest manufacturing employer in the region and directly pays out around $17 million a year in wages and salaries. For every individual employed at JNL it is estimated a further 3.2 jobs are created in the com- munity. The importance of the mill to Wairarapa can not be overstated. Taking pride of place at the southern entrance to Masterton, the mill is more than just a Waingawa landmark -- it has been fundamental to the econ- omic pros- perity of the whole region. Wairarapa is hugely indebted to JNL for choos- ing to build the mill here. The region also owes the people that mill has employed over the years a debt of gratitude for their professionalism and service that has ensured the mill continues to prosper. Walt Dickson, Editor. Mill now crucial part of district's economy Paul Jordan: JNL Wairarapa mill manager. ' I feel hugely indebted to JNL for all of this and especially to Mr Nakamoto. Without his foresight and steadfast belief in both our people and the product we produce none of us would be where we are today. ' Paul Jordan. CONTINUED Page 21 A broken economy in the early 90s made for tough times in provincial New Zealand. Nowhere was that more noticeable than in Wairarapa. The closure of the Waingawa Freezing Works a few years earlier coupled with the economic recession made for slim pickings for the many men and women des- perate for work. Paul Jordan, an engineer by trade after a career in the Navy, felt that he had exhausted all possibilities to secure any mean- ingful employment. I had been knocking around working odd jobs but was getting very, very close to signing up for the dole, Paul recalls. That was until he answered an advertisement in early 1991 call- ing for interest in working for a start-up mill at Waingawa, little more than a stone s throw from the defunct freezing works which for so long had been the lifeblood of the local economy. To be honest, none of us really knew what to expect, but we bought into it and the rest is his- tory. Indeed it is, with Paul now manager of the largest manufac- turing employer in the district. Employing currently 342 workers -- both permanent staff and con- tractors -- JNL pays out around $17 million a year in wages and salaries. The ripple effect of that money is huge. Recent calcul- ations show that for every person employed at JNL a further 3.2 full-time positions are created in the community. Initially part of a crew of 10, Paul was sent to Japan to learn about the mill process.
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