Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
32 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 4238992AA CentrePort Wellington congratulates Juken New Zealand Ltd on 20 years in business in the Wairarapa and looks forward to continuing to help connect your products to the world. www.centrepoint.co.nz CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4345736AA Loyal forestry company and staff Forest watch: Forest manager Dave Hilliard, cartage and quality control supervisor Tim Futter and harvesting supervisor Steve McCabe. Long harvest: Around 1000 tonnes of logs come into the Wairarapa mill every day. JNL owns the cutting rights to 14,700 hectares of forest in Wairarapa which is part of nearly 60,000 hectares of forest estate that it manages nationwide. Though his title is forest manager, Dave Hillard's role is broader than that. As part of the senior management team, they not only manage the forests but also make decisions on the future direction of the company. Around 1000 tonnes of logs come into the Wairarapa mill every day. Though JNL has its own forest resources it also takes logs from independent forests. JNL is Wairarapa's biggest plantation owner, with 21 per cent of the region's total timber resource. Though the company owns the forests, the land that they are on is Crown owned. JNL has a forest management team of eight staff and employs about 100 people in the forest -- all of whom are contractors -- to maintain the forest resources. A team of more than 30 silverculturalists are based in the forest blocks to undertake forest development, maintaining the high standard of product that is essential to the company. Dave Hilliard says they are proud of the contribution JNL has made to the community over the years by not only contributing to the economy and providing employment but also by supporting local servicing businesses. He says JNL has an honourable view of how they should perform in the community and the company is loyal to its employees and contractors. ''JNL has a better than average length of service per employee than other companies in New Zealand in this industry.'' As an indicator of the stability that a big operation like JNL brings to the industry, despite wild fluctuations in international timber prices, the company has never laid off a logging contractor once it has signed them up. Roading is another facet of the operation that plays a huge part in JNL's forestry management, with around five kilometres of new private roads being created every year. Harvesting supervisor Steve McCabe and cartage and quality control supervisor Tim Futter also play important roles in making sure the local operation runs smoothly and the wood gets where it needs to go. Tim Futter carries the distinction of being 'employee number 1', which means he was the first person put on the payroll when the mill opened 20 years ago. Steve McCabe is not far behind as employee number 26. These guys prove the point that the company is loyal to its staff and receive loyalty and dedication in return.
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