Panel and paint shop win

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

The Mata­mata Panel­works and Mata­mata Paint­works team cul­mi­nated a year of hard work last Satur­day at the sec­ond an­nual After­mar­ket In­dus­try Awards.

They took home V8 Panel/ Paint Shop of the Year, edg­ing out five other shops from around New Zealand.

Owner Mal­colm Sankey said it was a huge hon­our to be nom­i­nated for the award, let alone to win it. ‘‘It was ab­so­lutely awe­some. ‘‘The guys work pretty hard so to come out and to win some­thing like that, we’re all pretty chuffed. It’s not an award for fix­ing a crashed car, it’s for restora­tion, which is what we’ve got a pas­sion for. ‘‘I’m very proud of the boys.’’ The awards are a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween NZV8 Mag­a­zine, Per­for­mance Mag­a­zine and 4&Ro­tary Pro­mo­tions.

NZV8 ed­i­tor Todd Wylie said the panel/ paint shop award was based on solid rep­u­ta­tion, in­no­va­tion, cus­tomer ser­vice, stan­dard of work­man­ship, pro­mo­tion and scene in­volve­ment.

‘‘[ The Mata­mata Panel­works and Mata­mata Paint­works] guys are well known for hav­ing a re­ally high qual­ity of work­man­ship. They have put out a lot of high-end cars.

‘‘The shop it­self is al­ways im­mac­u­lately pre­sented, they have great cus­tomer ser­vice and a good cus­tomer base,’’ he said.

‘‘They also give back to the com­mu­nity with their open days each year and they give all the money they make from that to one of the lo­cal pri­mary schools.’’

Award win­ners were de­cided by comb­ing scores from on­line votes with those from a panel of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, with each com­po­nent con­tribut­ing up to 50 per cent of the to­tal score.

The team from Mata­mata re­ceived the high­est num­ber of on­line votes.

The awards night was a black tie event at the Lo­gan Camp­bell Cen­tre in Auck­land.

‘‘I don’t think there’s many moth­ers who have seen those guys in suits and ties in their lives,’’ Mr Sankey said.

The Mata­mata busi­ness em­ploys nine peo­ple and has taken five or six work­ers through ap­pren­tice­ships.

Restora­tion car painter Greig Miller has worked for Paint­works for four and a half years and said the night was a mas­sive high.

‘‘ It’s awe­some, a big achieve­ment. It makes all the hard work worth­while, well even more worth­while.

‘‘Mal­colm is a good leader, he looks af­ter us. It’s a pretty cool place to work.’’

High achiev­ers: The team at Mata­mata Panel­works and Mata­mata Paint­works took home V8 Panel/paint Shop of the Year. From left: Jo O’reilly, Blair Lead­beater, Mal­colm and Nicky Sankey, Greig and Emma Miller, Kelly Frost and Shaun Mold.

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