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Long established joinery company Misco moved into their new premises in Kaiapoi in July of this year and a timely visit from Prime Minister Bill English helped to make sure any snagging issues were quickly dealt with.
“The finishing off and little details were one of the challenges of the move” says manager Penny Abell, “so the Prime Minister’s visit was great as it put us under pressure to get all those silly little things done – the windows cleaned and carpets pristine”.
The two-storey building has a floor area of 3,500 sq metres comprising office space on the upper level with a manufacturing and warehouse area on the ground level. There is also a substantial space for the 10 show kitchens which they intend to have on display, showcasing different styles of joinery, materials and finishes.
A total of 46 staff currently work at the site, three of whom have been taken on since the move to North Canterbury.
Misco customers include North Canterbury builders as well as those further afield. They ship one or two containers to Auckland almost every week.
The new premises signal a new phase for the business. With the size of the building Misco have been able to ‘futureproof’ and leave some room to grow. And the move has also resulted in greater automation says Penny, “We probably have one of the largest manufacturing lines in the South Island now”.
Misco are very much here for the long term and have wholeheartedly joined the local community. They are members of the Kaiapoi Promotion Association and have recently becomes sponsors of the Enterprise North Canterbury Business Centre. They’ve also sponsored one of the local rugby teams and one of the tees at Kaiapoi Golf Club.