Pres­ti­gious award for ma­jor chip­ping com­pany

Australian Forests and Timber - - Austimber -

Aforestry and tim­ber com­pany with more than 85 years ser­vice in the in­dus­try has been awarded a 2017 Tel­stra South Aus­tralian Medium Busi­ness Award.

L. V. Dohnt and Com­pany, one of Aus­tralia’s largest in­field chip­ping and log­ging com­pa­nies, was among this year’s ma­jor award win­ners from around Aus­tralia.

“Ev­ery year since the awards started in 1992 they have been a place for Aus­tralia’s re­mark­able small and medium-sized busi­nesses (SMBs) to gather to ex­plore their dreams and their re­al­i­ties,” said Tel­stra Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Andrew Penn.

He said the awards con­tin­ued to be a way for SMBs to step out­side the day-to-day busi­ness op­er­a­tions, to ask big ques­tions, and to cel­e­brate what they had achieved.

“SMBs in­spire us all be­cause of their abil­ity to find new and bet­ter ways to do things, their per­sis­tence and re­silience, their courage to take risks, and their in­cred­i­ble tal­ent and com­mit­ment. That is why the Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards are im­por­tant. They show­case the very best of Aus­tralia’s small and medium busi­ness tal­ent,” he said.

Back in 1932, with the econ­omy in the grips of a deep de­pres­sion, Lawrence Vic­tor Dohnt set up a log­ging com­pany with the sim­ple goal to pro­vide for his fam­ily. Now a fourth gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness, L.V. DOHNT & CO. Pty Ltd is a rev­ered name in the forestry in­dus­try, with a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing the south­ern hemi­sphere with sus­tain­able and cer­ti­fied wood fi­bre to meet the needs of an ex­pand­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 85th an­niver­sary this year, L.V. Dohnt & Co. Pty Ltd has over­come its fair share of chal­lenges, from the Ash Wed­nes­day fires burn­ing through 20,000 hectares of pine plan­ta­tions to the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of the global financial cri­sis on some of its largest cus­tomers. Through sheer re­silience and the sup­port of its loyal staff, the com­pany to­day stands as one of South Aus­tralia’s most iconic busi­nesses and re­cently en­tered the South Aus­tralian Fam­ily Busi­ness Hall of Fame.

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