Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
30 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 1 Buchanan Pl Solway Masterton Ph 377 4606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4239056AA Congratulations on 20 years in business! We are proud to be associated with a company that provides generous community support. McAuley's Transport Ltd Freight and Transport Specialists CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4345733AA Challenging, entertaining work Forward looking: Mark O'Leary is one of the original team that helped get the mill started. Mark O'Leary started out at JNL at the beginning in 1991 as the electrical supervisor in charge of all the electrical infrastructure of the plant. He was one of the team that went to Japan for six months in 1991 to learn about the Japanese machinery and their computer programming so that he could maintain the plant in New Zealand. ''It was a huge learning curve, but I wasn't that keen on their food,'' he says. Since those heady days of getting the mill off the ground, Mark has occupied a number of managerial roles in the Wairarapa plant and his knowledge is now such that he has been seconded to head office in Auckland rather than on the ground in Wairarapa. In 2005 he was project manager in implementing an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) computer system called JDE and continues to work with IBM to bring the maintenance, purchasing and inventory planning management at all four sites in New Zealand together. Since 2011 he has been working fulltime in Auckland with JDE to instigate national, centralised purchasing for the company. Before JDE was formed, each of the four mills had been autonomous, with their own contracts for resources such as fuel, vehicles, resins and glues. Mark is working to centralise the purchasing for commonly-used items which could potentially bring huge savings in money and efficiency. For instance, Mark is working on tenders for a company- wide fuel contract, worth several millions of dollars. Mark says now that the purchasing data is a lot more transparent at the mills in Masterton, Gisborne and Kaitaia, they can see the big picture rather than a fragmented one. He says it is important to move at a pace that the purchasing and stores at each site can handle and still run efficiently. ''I want to get it right -- I don't like doing things twice,'' he says. He says he has enjoyed moving through the company, with around 10 different roles under his belt, and has continued to find the job challenging and entertaining. ''Hopefully I have left something behind in each role for the next person to build on and improve,'' he says. Mark is a family man. During his time at JNL he has watched his four girls grow up from his Admiral Hill home and move through universities, jobs and overseas. He says he is grateful for the time he has had with the company and what it has been able to afford him and his family. While he says it is challenging to have to commute to Auckland for his job, he is determined to remain in Wairarapa, at least for the short term, and says the local Auckland- Wellington link has been a godsend, making 100-plus flights a year. Wood is a good building material in earthquakes Cutting edge technology in building construction will ensure JNL Wairarapa is at the forefront of the rebuild of Christchurch and Sendai in Japan. The huge damage suffered in Christchurch by the February earthquake last year coupled with the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan the following month have initiated a massive rebuild in both countries. JNL is certain to be part of this process. The $6 million Carterton Events Centre, completed last year, is built with an innovative new seismic system capable of withstanding earthquake loads. The 300 plus-seat main auditorium in the building is installed with the new 'Pres Lam' structural system manufactured with products from JNL at the Masterton mill. The timber system uses laminated veneer lumber (LVL) to form large walls which are post- tensioned to the ground using embedded high-strength steel rods. The system allows walls to rock back and forth in an earthquake, absorbing earthquake energy as they move. The LVL system has multiple benefits over structural steel and concrete, according to Paul Jordan. ''We would like to see Christchurch rebuilt in wood -- even better, engineered wood (LVL) -- only a mad man would build it out of concrete,'' Paul says. In Japan JNL already has an established housing operation and WoodOne (parent company) houses have a very good Japanese earthquake standard. ''They can withstand an earthquake without significant structural damage. The materials that we make here go into those buildings.''
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