Oamaru mill reorganised

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2014

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Refurbishment work at Canterbury Wool Spinners' Oamaru mill is on track.

A spokesman for the company said reorganisation of the site includes opening up some of the internal walls, replacing wooden floors with concrete and moving machinery around to make production more efficient.

"Staffing levels remain at 80 to 90 people," he said.

"The owners, Godfrey Hirst, are still evaluating the site. No increase in job numbers is expected in the near future."

Construction work on alterations to the site is expected to be completed this month, with machine relocations scheduled to be finished in June.

Godfrey Hirst acquired the assets of Summit Wool Spinners in late February 2013 and all 192 jobs were lost at that time.

The site later reopened with a decreased staff of around 60 people and the numbers have gradually increased to the current level.

Later in 2013, Godfrey Hirst also announced around 50 redundancies at its Dannevirke plant.

Production levels at the Dannevirke plant had been increased when Godfrey Hirst closed its site in Bromley as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes.

The Oamaru plant was previously owned by the Sumitomo Corporation, which had owned the operation since 1992.

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- The Timaru Herald


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