New Work Coming Up For Tender
Drawing specifications associated with the redevelopment plans for Tomoana, Patea, and Kaiti works are now well advanced. One is just about ready to go for tender.
W. & R. Fletcher head office engineering department, seen at right, is responsible for the preparation of all drawings and specifications for a new six-mutton chain arrangement with associated departments, at the company’s Tomoana works, and a three-chain arrangement, plus ancillary departments, at both the Patea and Kaiti works.
Since these will all be new structures and completely divorced from any existing buildings and plant, there will be no hindrance to the on-going killing programme at the respective works.
NEW ZEALAND, OVERSEAS STAFF MOVEMENTS
Lance Hennessy, from head office wool and pelt department has been transferred to Sydney as Australian wool & skin manager. Lance joined the Weddel organisation in 1947 and has spent the greatest part of his service in the wool, skin and fellmongery business in Australia.
His replacement is Andrew Watt, who comes from London wool department. Andrew joined Weddels in 1959 and has previously worked for the company in New Zealand.
Colin Bartle, secretary at Tomoana, has retired after 48 years’ service. He carries with him into leisuredom the good wishes of the company and fellow staff.
Allan Thompson (previously accountant at Tomoana) has succeeded Colin Bartle as secretary to Nelsons (NZ) Limited, Hastings, and Murray Birkett has been appointed accountant.
Others who have retired after sterling service are: Morrie Ritchie, freezer foreman at Westfield (after 46 years’ service), Bill York, senior scales clerk at Westfield (23 years’ service), Gordon Lynch, casings foreman at Kaiti (43 years service).
Trevor Arnold has transferred from head office staff to production Manager at Tomoana as from 18th July, 1974.
Peter McDonald, who came to Wellington head office from wool & pelt department, Australia, has been transferred, after just under 2 years, to the United Kingdom, based in London. The Wellington inter-ﬁrm tennis competition will be a tame affair this season without Peter and his “Australianisms”!
PROSPECTS FOR WOOL
Mr A.W. Chapman, wool manager for W. & R. Fletcher, recently returned from a visit to the U.K. and U.S.A., is cautiously optimistic about demand and prices for the coming season.
“In the short term, interest rates and inflation pressure will determine the trend, with tough trading conditions continuing until the New Year. The woollen hosiery yarn spinners are at present hard-pressed, but the ﬁrst half of 1975 should see a strengthening in demand and the softer wools may benefit in price accordingly. Fortunately, New Zealand is not a large producer of really ﬁne wools. This sector is very depressed and basically keyed to Japanese demand, hence we cannot expect a recovery until that country has overcome its present ‘indigestion’ of high-priced raw materials. However, carpet yarn spinners in the U.K. have healthy order books and the demand for coarse wools should continue.”
While overseas recently, Mr Mark Hinchliff, general manager of W. & R. Fletcher (NZ) Ltd., attended a meeting of the Canadian Meat Importers’ Council at Toronto.
Left to right: Mr John McAleer, Weddel Ltd., Canada; Mr Hinchliff; Mr Lyall Johnson, general manager, Weddel Ltd., Canada; Mr Ken Malerum, H. Cleveland & Company, Vancouver (Weddel agents); Mr Gordon Lennox (Devco) Toronto.
J.A. (JIM) Moir
The death has occurred of Mr J.A. (Jim) Moir, works manager of the Westﬁeld Freezing Company. Joining W. Weddel & Co. as a salesman in 1936, he transferred to Brazil (Union International) in 1938. He joined the Armed Services in Brazil during World War II and saw active service as an officer with Bomber Command over Eruope [Europe].
In 1947 he went back to Union International where he was transferred to Madagascar as an assistant works manager, later becoming works manager.
In 1954 he was transferred to the W. Angliss & Co. group in Australia as an assistant works manager later becoming works manager. In 1967 he spent 9-10 months back in United Kingdom and was then transferred to the Westﬁeld Freezing Co., New Zealand where he later became works manager.
Mr Moir was a member of the Papatoetoe Rotary Club and was an active member of the Papatoetoe Presbyterian Church where he was on the Board of Managers.