Safe Air confirms loss of 69 positions
Marlborough aircraft maintenance company Safe Air has confirmed it is cutting jobs.
The company told staff on Monday that 69 jobs were to be lost, down from the 84 originally proposed in July. Company head Heather Deacon said SafeAir had secured a four-year extension to its contract with the NZ Defence Force, which had meant some jobs were retained.
Ms Deacon said SafeAir had confirmed with staff this week there would be a reduction of 69 jobs.
Those numbers didn't include some additional project work the company was doing and some vacant positions, she said.
"The actual number will be less than that."
The jobs would be right across the board, Ms Deacon said. The majority were in the production area, but would include some support staff as well.
The redundancy period would be a "complex transition process" she said, as some projects took a while to wind down, and there would be some new positions created which staff could apply for.
The news comes as food manufacturer Annies has been put into receivership with the loss of 30 jobs and construction firm T H Barnes is understood to have decided to close its doors, affecting at least 20 staff.
T H Barnes chairman Ian Barnes declined to comment while chief executive John Smithies referred all comment back to Mr Barnes.
Callers to the Marlborough Express said staff were summoned to a meeting on Friday.
The board of directors were there, and staff were told there would be no more work once their projects finished.
At Safe Air, the first round of redundancies were expected at the end of this year and were not expected to finish till July next year, Ms Deacon said.
"It is a lengthy process. It is quite difficult for the organisation and the individuals involved."
However, SafeAir was now in a good position for the future, she said.
"We are positioning ourselves for a good longer-term future. With the NZDF contract extension, we are really set up for the next five years. Not many businesses can say that at the moment."
As well as its commercial construction and joinery business, TH Barnes owns property in Marlborough, notably Porse House in Market St, one of Blenheim's few multi-storey buildings.
It is understood that the company would hold on to its property till the environment was better for sale.
T H Barnes is thought to be one of Marlborough's older companies, set up in 1946. It has built many buildings around the district, most recently the Endeavour Park pavilion in Picton.
- The Marlborough Express