Pipe company brings 30 jobs to Levin
A new pipe manufacturing company could bring up to 30 jobs to Levin.
Frank PKS New Zealand, which has previously only been based in Christchurch, is setting up its first North Island manufacturing base in the town.
The company, which employs 56 staff, operate three plastic pipe manufacturing machines six days a week, make manholes and other prefabricated structures from the same material.
Chief executive Nicholas Browne said the business’ Levin base would initially serve as a storage yard.
‘‘We’ve bought a site in Hamaria Rd and for the first 15 months we’ll use it as a base to store products for our North Island customers,’’ he said.
‘‘Then we’ll build a new plant and install a pipe machine.’’
Once the pipe machine was installed, they would start looking for staff.
‘‘I’m looking for a part-timer at present but once the build is complete in 2019 we’ll need eight people per shift so 28-30 people all up.’’
Their decision to set up a northern base came after securing a job in Hawke’s Bay.
‘‘A few years ago we worked for a client in Havelock North and had to truck everything to them from the South Island. Since then our work in the North Island has grown strongly,’’ he said. ‘‘It makes financial sense to be based here. We could have gone to Auckland but we chose this end of the island because it’s more costefficient. Freight-wise everything is coming down from Auckland so it’s cheaper and easier to get goods up the other way.
‘‘It means we reduce our environmental footprint as well. We already recycle all pipes that aren’t up to scratch and all our pipes are recyclable, even after years of service in the ground.’’
Horowhenua District Council economic development manager Shanon Grainger has been working with the business for nearly two years and said it was pleasing to be involved in helping a new company set up.
Frank PKS New Zealand chief executive Nicholas Browne and Horowhenua District Council economic development manager Shanon Grainger check out the company’s new Levin base.