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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - December 2010

The mothballing of Prime sawmill in Gisborne (see article below), the loss of 26 jobs at the CHH Kawerau sawmill and the loss of 80 jobs at WPI's Tangiwai's mill near Ohakune illustrates just how vulnerable our wood processing industry is.

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Prime Sawmill Announces Closure

Prime Sawmill, located at Matawhero, just out of Gisborne announced this week that it will be closing its mill on Christmas Eve and "mothballing" the plant.

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Taking Safety Leadership to the Forest

To communicate PF Olsen's safety message and to share information with forest workers, PF Olsen's CEO, Peter Clark is undertaking a programme of meeting and speaking with workers and contractor principals at their work-place, in the forest.

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Log Market - December 2010

December saw small price rises at most New Zealand ports driven by some lowering of ocean freight rates against steady in-market prices and demand in Asia.

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Staff Changes

PF Olsen welcomes back Erin Leahy [B ForSc (Hons)] who returned to PF Olsen after a two-year overseas working holiday. Tatai Dewes has also joined PF Olsen as part of the Land Information team.

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Log Market - November 2010

The market has continued its firm trend with stable demand and prices in the domestic market and a further increase in export log at-wharf-gate(awg) prices in November.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing Improves Forestry Safety

Managing workplace hazards in the forest is an ongoing challenge, but one we can not afford to ignore – the mechanisms of injury and the potential for serious harm are great. PF Olsen and its contractors are committed to eliminating hazards and providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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