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Firm recognised for training excellence

Tom O'Leary Dec 12
Firm recognised for training excellence
Bryant Logging has a huge range of plant: over 85 pieces of machinery including de-limbers, trucks, excavators, skidders, diggers, loaders and haulers.

Bryant Logging, a family owned and operated business that invests heavily in its plant and people, has recently been recognised for its commitment to training excellence.

At this year’s inaugural Top of the South Forestry Awards, Bryant Logging employee Rob Mesman was named Taylors Contracting NZ Ap-prentice of the year.

Rob left school to join Bryant Logging in 2013 and within three years had attained his first national certification in tree felling. The 23-year-old has since finished his apprenticeship and is now one of the company’s youngest foremen, supervising six or seven other workers on a hauler crew.

“He’s highly motivated, well-liked, well-respected and really committed to his career choice,” says Bryant Logging’s marketing manager Joyanna Win. “A good logger like him can go a long way in this industry – we’re very proud of him.

“Most of our people are doing training of one kind or another. In forestry, people need to be continuously upskilling. “We take on a lot of young fellows like Rob, who come to us as 15-year-olds on work experience and then come up through the ranks.”

Based in the Waiti Valley near Wakefi eld, Nelson, Bryant Logging was founded by company owner Nigel (‘Nig’) Bryant, who landed his first logging contract with Nelson Pine Forest in the mid-1970s.

Finding the money to invest in plant was hard in those days: Nig and his wife Karen had to choose between buying a house or grapple skidder. They chose the skidder; it proved a wise decision.

Fast forward to today and the company has a huge range of plant: over 85 pieces of machinery including delimbers, trucks, excavators, skidders, diggers, loaders and haulers. From a client’s perspective, having the right gear available for every job means time and money saved.

Firm recognised for training excellence

Services provided by Bryant Logging include appraisals, site visits, cost estimates, harvesting and delivery, plus post-harvest advice and rehabilitation.

Nig and Karen’s son Kim, who has a forestry degree, now also works in the family business in a supervisory role. As well, he manages health and safety planning for Bryant Logging. Karen takes care of company accounts.

With a staff of 106, Bryant Logging operates multiple crews and has acquired a wealth of experience in the local forestry sector, across many different types of trees and in a range of public and private projects.

The company has held a contact with Nelson Forest for many years. Services provided by Bryant Logging include appraisals, site visits, cost estimates, harvesting and delivery, plus post-harvest advice and rehabilitation.

Safety is a top priority for Bryant Logging, which has a clean record in this area with no deaths or long term injuries during many decades of operation.

The company is ACC tertiary accredited and a Safetree certified contractor. “Logging is a high risk activity so abiding by best practice guidelines and the approved code of practice for forestry is integral to how we operate.,” says Joyanna.

“We take our responsibilities very seriously. We have multiple audits and two full-time trainers – everyone watches out for each other.”

With equipment constantly being updated and with a strong focus on safety plus training, Bryant Logging has surely earned its place as a top of the south forestry frontrunner.

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