Valuing people pays off on job
The unique culture that has been carefully fostered at Inframax makes the company stand out, says Taranaki area manager Wayne Snellgrove.
“We pride ourselves on providing an environment that people want to work in, and the result is a real ‘family’ feel,” he says.
“People say that they really enjoy working here and that’s a rea l positive. An emphasis is placed on providing an environment of general respect.
As an example, the CEO and board of directors will sit with staff in the smoko room reinforcing the feeling that everybody is equally valued,” he says.
Based in Te Kuiti, Inframax was founded in 1999 after a merger of Te Kuiti-based Waitomo Civil Construction and New Plymouth’s Northgate Construction.
Inframax offers infrastructural asset management in a number of key areas including roading construction and maintenance, earthworks, quarrying, vegetation control and infrastructural maintenance. The company also has branches in Hawera and Stratford and employs more than 120 staff.
Wayne says that because Inframax manages a dozen quarries across the central North Island the company has a unique ability to supply aggregate for certain road construction, road maintenance and earthworks projects.
Other company plant such as its bitumen sprayer and chip trucks give Inframax the ability to undertake first-coat sealing, crack sealing and chip sealing for car parks, driveways and tanker entrances, giving another point of difference.
In Taranaki, the region Wayne manages, Inframax has secured two large road maintenance contracts, one for South Taranaki District Council and the other with Stratford District Council. The contracts include general road maintenance, resealing, road construction, vegetation control and incident response.
They are large contracts: the Egmont area alone comprises the area from Hawera and State Highway 3 west to the coast and north to Mount Taranaki – a network total of 816 kilometres.
Wayne says that Inframax has developed a core group of dedicated and skilled individuals based in the South Taranaki and Stratford districts.
On many occasions the team go “above and beyond” to ensure work is completed safely, on time and to quality standards for the ratepayers of the South Taranaki and Stratford districts. Outside of these contracts the company tenders for other road rehabilitation contracts.
Wayne says that Inframax has recently undergone a restructure to create efficiencies.
Setting up base in Stratford around a year ago brought the company closer to its key contracts and customers and provided a good platform to reach many different locations quickly.
The branch includes an office and yard and employs 12-15 staff, many of whom are local.
Wayne says employing local talent is a big driver, as is contributing back to the community in which the company works.
Inframax helped provide traffic control for the ANZAC parade, will be doing the same for the Christmas parade and is involved in a programme to “clean up” Stratford.
“We really pride ourselves on being community oriented.
“We like to be local and we like to be seen. We work in the community, so it’s important that we give back.”
Inframax has two large contracts coming up in Stratford. It will build car parks on Pembroke Road at the ski field and another at Dawson Falls.
The projects will involve excavation, supply of aggregate, shaping, compacting and surface sealing.
The company will also undertake a road realignment on Mangaotuku Road, which will require 14,000 cubic metres of cut waste/fill earthworks.
The project will ease the road elevation and horizontal alignment to make transportation easier for the important local logging industry.
Once again it is the Inframax team and company culture that will play an important role in these projects.
“Our approach is to ‘do it once – do it right’,” says Wayne. “Our professionalism and quality of work allows us to compete with larger companies.
“At the end of the day we can’t do anything without good people.
“It’s about respect and a good culture and attitude within the company.
“This allows us to get any project successfully completed on time and on budget.”