“When both lines are in place, we will be able to produce up to 48,000MT of cream cheese each year, making our site one of the largest producers of cream cheese in New Zealand,” says Mr Taylor.
“We are building and training our teams who will prepare the first plant for commissioning and transition to normal operations. These teams will be instrumental in setting the plant up for the future”.
One of our new employees, John Cordon, was running a printing press in Christchurch prior to joining.
“There is a lot of cross-over on the manufacturing and machine operating side of things.”
“However the new job is head and shoulders more high tech. The machinery is world leading spanking new machinery and the opportunity to work in a brand new plant is exciting.”
“There is so much learning going on. Nine of us have been working in the dairy industry; the rest are new to the industry, and that includes me. We are going to spend a day on a dairy farm, and go out with a milk tanker.”
“We have a little village next to the plant, so we see the construction as it goes on day by day, it makes us feel involved.”
Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton says that people are optimistic about the growing population of the district.
“The Darfield site has continued to provide employment throughout the construction phase, and now there are these long-term jobs at the plant.”
“It’s great that there are training opportunities for people in new areas and career paths. It enables them to bring up their families here amongst the fresh air and lakes, and enjoy the lifestyle that Selwyn has to offer.”
Business Relationship Manager, Justin Tipa gave a Mihi Whakatau to welcome the new starters to the site, followed by a blessing of the capability and development programme.