Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
35 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 GENERAL CONTRACTORS Design & Build Building Site Works Driveways & Car Parks Subdivisions & Services Sealing & Asphalピng Concrete Kerbing Earthworks & Farm Tracks Drainage & Water Tabling Metal Supplies & Onsite Crushing Landscape Products & Deliveries The Best in the Business 0800 GET OLDFIELDS 06 370 0444 www.oldfieldgroup.co.nz 4176212AA The Wairarapa District Councils congratulate Juken NZ on serving our community so well for 20 years. Thank you for your contribution to our communities: • Making innovative products to add value to our timber harvests • Providing employment • Supporting many community projects. • Helping our sports teams. • Establishing and supporting Sister City Links between Masterton and Hatsukaichi in Japan. We wish you well for the future and look forward to continuing to work alongside you. 4185003AA Garry Daniell Masterton District Council Ron Mark Carterton District Council Adrienne Staples South Wairarapa District Council CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4345679AA Making logs fit FROM Page 34 Using his big Stihl 660 chainsaw, Taki processes the long logs (up to 18 metres) as they come off the trucks. He grades them according to pruned length, degree of sweep (bend), and the position and size of any knots or other defects. To the untrained eye, all logs look the same, but that's not the case, and the decisions Taki makes have a significant effect on the productivity and profitability of the mill. If you make a bad grade decision, the guys in the mill can't fix it -- rubbish in equals rubbish out. Taki has worked in layup and the veneer jointing section, on the dryers and as a shift supervisor for the LL line. He is on straight day shifts these days, which he much prefers. ''I've had a lot of opportunities while at JNL and done a heap of training over the years. I'm also part of the company's rural fire team, so there is always something happening.'' He says he has been well looked after by the company, and safety is always a paramount concern. He is even allowed to borrow gear if he needs some work done at home. He says he is surprised by how fast the 20 years have passed. Taki and his wife, Anne, have three adult children and live in Masterton. Timber plant's success due to training, quality, safety focus ' There would be very few people in Masterton that at one point haven't had a family member or neighbour connected to JNL. ' Wayne Carmichael Wayne Carmichael: JNL Wairarapa general affairs manager. Already a star performer in the New Zealand timber manufacturing industry, Juken New Zealand is held in equally high regard internationally. Not only are their finished wood products of the highest quality, but their manufacturing plants and processes are similarly sound as was recognised by the TPM award JNL Wairarapa won in 2008. TPM Awards (Total Productive Maintenance) were established in 1964 in Japan, with the purpose of encouraging development of the manufacturing industry recognising factories which displayed remarkable achievement in plant maintenance. JNL Wairarapa general affairs manager Wayne Carmichael describes TPM as a philosophical approach to how ''we run our business''. ''The awards are hotly contested, involving lots of different manufacturing and working environments all over the world -- we were obviously very proud of our achievement,'' Wayne says. The award also re-enforced to management that not only are they a successful timber processing plant but a responsible one as well. Wayne started working at JNL 10 years ago, initially employed as the training co-ordinator. Now he is the general affairs manager responsible for the areas that are more to do with the ''less tangible components'' of manufacturing. Answerable to him are several people who are ''subject matter experts'' -- health and safety officer, quality assurance co-ordinator, human resources, and TPM supervisor. ''At the end of the day what people in the community see come out of JNL is [timber] product. What they don't see or realise is the amount of effort around staff training, and the quality process that has gone into it, how safe the staff are when they manufactured that.'' Directly employing 2 per cent of the workforce in Wairarapa, JNL is ''hugely influential''. Factor in a further 3.2 positions created in the community for every position at the mill and more than 1000 people are in work as a result of the JNL. ''There would be very few people in Masterton that at one point haven't had a family member or neighbour connected to JNL,'' Wayne says. JNL has been very successful at hanging on to its staff with long service a feature of its workforce. Four per cent of the workforce have been there for 20 years with 27 per cent having 10 years or more service. ''We set an employment bar, whether they are labour hire or JNL staff they have got to meet our standards -- we are quite fussy.''
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