Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
21 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 4355653AA For all your engine reconditioning and engineering call & see owner/operator Alistair Hyde at Wairarapa Automotive & Engineering Ltd Ph 06 370 3454 A/H 027 717 5762 AandEltd@xtra.co.nz 7 Villa Street (behind Loader Engineering) Masterton 4356568AA are proud to be suppliers to a great company like JNL" • BS & ANSI SPROCKETS • BS & ANSI CHAIN • STAINLESS STEEL SPROCKETS & CHAIN • CONVEYOR CHAINS • CONVEYOR SPROCKETS Premium quality chains to suit your drive direct from NZ's largest manufacturers & importers of sprockets and chains firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPHONE 0800-477-762 FAX NORTH ISLAND 06-323-6212 FAX SOUTH ISLAND 03-349-3305 Visit our website: www.pmlnz.com CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4345659AA Mill staff numbers peaked at 590 Starters: From left, Tim Futter, Steve McCabe, Dean Cunningham, Kuniko Polglase, Jack McGlashan, David Lai, Mark O'Leary, Paul Jordan, Karl Burling, Barry Taplin, Vaughn Evans, Taki Vatselias and Ivan Karaitiana -- have chalked up 20 years service at the JNL Wairarapa mill. FROM Page 20 We all had a trades background, either electrical or mechanical trade, and that was deliberate by Mr Nakamoto [then president and founder of Juken Nissho].'' He picked people with an ability to learn and confidence in a trade but who knew nothing about tim- ber processing. That thinking has a huge influ- ence on how the mill operates still today. I have been doing this job much longer than I was working as an engineer but I still think the same way, I still think about the product being of the highest poss- ible value when it comes in the gate and for the whole way through the process with the absolute minimum in waste.'' Paul says Mr Nakamoto wanted the emphasis not to be on volume, but on quality. Essentially he wanted us to learn the Juken way and it was a masterful stroke.'' By October of 1991, with con- struction of the shell of the plant well underway, a crew had begun assembling machinery in the mill. Employing local contractors, the number of workers had swelled to 60 by the end of the year. Paul has fond memories of the very first load of product to be put into the hot press. I was in charge of assembling the press when I got back from Japan. We were very much learn- ing as went, so when we put the first press load of product into that press on December 22 it was an absolute high to see that it worked.'' By February 1992 the mill was officially ready to go. When the start-up switch was turned on, the mill was employing 120 staff, many of whom had been involved with assembling the plant. Growth was rapid. By 1994 a second shift had turned the mill into a 24-hour operation. That was a huge confidence boost for us because there was a lot of negativity circulating around about how long the mill would be here. Probably for me it was at the point that I made the decision that for me this was a career rather than just a job.'' By 1995, following the addition of a second LVL line, staffing peaked at 590. In the years since we have weathered the storms of the Asian crisis and the global credit crunch and I am certain that events will continue to challenge us as we go on. It's hard to believe that it's 20 years already, in that time I have had a steady income, huge opportunities for personal and professional development, and my wife and I have raised two great kids. I feel hugely indebted to JNL for all of this and especially to Mr Nakamoto,'' Paul said. Without his foresight and steadfast belief in both our people and the product we produce, none of us would be where we are today.''
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