Utmost safety for new milk plant

The big, comfortable, covered catering area for the 300 contractors building the country’s newest milk factory might seem an unlikely analogy for the culture the management at Mataura Valley Milk is trying to engender.

But forget packed lunches.

Caterers provided workers building the nutritional dairy plant near Gore with barista quality coffee and cooked meals and while it was costly, Mataura Valley Milk general manager Bernard May said the message it sent about the philosophy and culture they wanted to create was far more important.

“If we want a welder to do the world’s best weld we want to ensure he feels looked after and safe.”

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