Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
36 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 4185155AA We also service Farming, Plumbing and Construction Industries email@example.com 26 Bentley Street, Masterton 06 378 8757 We accept Farmacard and RD1 Supercard Concrete Manufacturers Proud to build Log Stands for J N L DECO CELEBRATING 1992 - 2012 JNL YEARS 4346434AA 4170095AA SKF is proud to be a supplier of JNL during the last 20 years, for their Bearings and Power Transmission needs. www.skf.co.nz The Knowledge of Power Engineering Bearings Lubrication Power Transmission Industrial Adhesives Seals Mechatronics Maintenance Tools Services Timber mills' Cheri keeps stock in trade CONTINUED Page 37 ' I've learned a lot. I couldn't even use a computer when I started and now I can do almost everything. ' Cheri Kawana When Cheri Kawana started at JNL 17 years ago she was just one of three women working at the plant. Undaunted, she found that her mostly male colleagues had no trouble accepting her. It didn't hurt that her husband was already working there. Now Cheri is the purchasing officer and store manager. It is a job of some responsibility as she oversees the purchasing and distribution of around $1.5 million worth of stock. Over the years she has played an important part in introducing new purchasing software, not only at the Waingawa plant, but also at the other JNL mills in Gisborne and Northland. Advancement in the purchasing management has meant that they are now able to keep track of stock all over the country and this can help keep everything running as it should be. If the Wairarapa store does not have a certain item, but they have it in Kaitaia, Cheri can have it quickly sent down. They can even get spare parts sent from Japan in as little as two or three days if the situation is urgent. Cheri is the Stream Leader for Purchasing for all of JNL New Zealand and she is used to spending quite a bit of time in Kaitaia and Gisborne helping them implement their systems. She started out on the floor in the veneer jointing area and has worked in various parts of the plant including as a forklift driver. She moved into the store a few years after she started and has been there ever since. She says she loves her job because no two days are the same. She has used the opportunities that JNL has given her to undertake further training. In fact, Cheri was the first person in New Zealand to gain the FITEC certificate in materials management. Long service: Cheri Kawana, Dean Cunningham and David Lai. Two decades of experience David Lai and Dean Cunningham are two more loyal JNL workers who have served the company for 20 years. David has been on the floor the whole time but has worked across a range of departments in a wide variety of roles. Dean came in as a labourer when he was just 18, and is now the plant's saw doctor. He was working for the plant's construction contractor Rigg-Zschokke when it took on the JNL project, then moved across to work with machinery in the sawmill. About a year after the mill began operating, it moved to taking on the servicing of its own saws. Dean has been working in this department for 19 years and has gained an enormous amount of knowledge about their operation and maintenance. He has earned his Level 4 National Certificate in Sawdoctoring and Health & Safety, and has also been to Japan for specialist training. Dean is married with two children, aged 20 and 22, and now has a grandson. David came to JNL after completing a fitting and turning course at polytechnic. He was also one of those who started at the bottom of the heap, doing jobs like stacking timber. He then progressed through operating the various machines that process the timber. He says he has always enjoyed working at the mill, and now works on the LVL line as a scarfer in the jointing area. He has learned a lot and is now capable of running the area, training other employees and carrying out maintenance on the machinery.
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