Mills Albert seeks growth and innovation whilst upholding company values

Mills Albert, which started as a two-person operation in 2002, has grown into an industry leader with a workforce of 108 full-time staff.

The year 2023 was very successful and rewarding for Mills Albert, as the company that took out the ACC Workplace Safety Award in the Wellington Gold Awards, the Construction and Trade Award and the Electra Business of the Year 2023 at the Electra Business & Innovation Awards for Horowhenua Kapiti.

“With both applications, we gathered a team to collectively answer the questions. When we reflected on what we do and why, there was a realisation in the room that we not only ticked all the boxes but that we do so much more to achieve quality in all areas of the civil and forestry business,” says Mills Albert Corporate Services Manager Lisa Mills-Albert.

“We embrace and celebrate leadership and give our people opportunities to achieve more. This is evident in the quality of the work and mana of what they produce. Winning these awards solidifies to our people and others that quality is always the winner.”

Mills Albert, which started as a two-person operation in 2002, has grown into an industry leader with a workforce of 108 full-time staff. Based in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, the company specialises in earthmoving operations, construction, excavation, drainage, roading, general contracting and forestry. Its commitment to innovation, safety and excellence has positioned Mills Albert as a reliable and respected player in the civil construction and forestry sectors throughout the North Island, says Lisa.

Mills Albert’s commitment to health, safety and well-being, values that are integral to the company’s ethos, helped it to stand out at the awards, thinks Lisa. The company has established itself as a leader in workplace safety, achieving ISO certification for Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001) and Health & Safety (ISO 45001).

Lisa says the company’s focus on health and safety is not merely a compliance measure; it is ingrained in the company culture. A robust well-being program, including mental health awareness and a comprehensive wellness initiative, demonstrates Mills Albert’s commitment to creating a safe and supportive work environment.

“At Mills Albert, we are committed to upholding the values that have made us successful while embracing new opportunities for growth and innovation.”

The company’s commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in many areas of its business including its participation in the Partners for Change initiative, a New Zealand government-funded program focused on sustainability in business. “We strive to minimise our environmental impact while improving regional infrastructure. Our commitment to sustainability is also demonstrated through our use of 100% solar energy in our office and the adoption of electric vehicles whenever practical.”

Mills Albert’s community engagement is also noteworthy, with annual contributions of over $20 million to the Kapiti economy through wages, community sponsorships and local procurement. Mills Albert supports various initiatives, including rugby sponsorships and events like the Strawberry Fair to benefit organizations such as the Mary Potter Hospice.

Lisa says all of these factors have positively contributed to the huge growth of Mills Albert with a projected 20% revenue growth for the current year. Looking forward she says Mills Albert is set to continue its success in 2024, with plans for further innovation, growth and a continued emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility.

“At Mills Albert, we are proud of our heritage as a family-based Māori business and are committed to upholding the values that have made us successful while embracing new opportunities for growth and innovation. Our values are the foundation of our success, and our achievements underscore our position as a leader in the civil construction and forestry sectors, setting the standard for excellence in the industry.”

“By partnering with us, our customers gain access to an organization built on a solid foundation of environmental stewardship, sustainable practices, uncompromising quality and an unwavering commitment to the well-being of our workforce. Together, with our customers, we can achieve remarkable things, and we are excited to implement new plans to make 2024 even more successful.”

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