Tony is a fitter-welder by trade and has been heavily involved in the sawmilling industry for more than three decades. He began as a workshop fabricator for Morbark NZ, manufacturing timber processing equipment, before moving on to sawmills where he held positions as maintenance fitter, maintenance manager, engineering manager and project manager.
He has since specialised in the removal and reconstruction of mills after building Lakesawn Lumber for Pedersen Group. The second-hand sawmill complex was brought out from Canada and reconstructed in Taupo, New Zealand. Tony has managed the removal of mills from Europe and Australia for rebuilding in NZ and the Pacific Islands.
Some of these were partial mill projects, and others, complete sawmills. Having been involved on numerous occasions at both ends of such projects he knows how to make the process as efficient as possible, thereby saving clients time, money, and headaches.
Tony renamed his business, Millright, in 2017 when he began consulting to Sawmills, advising on the maximisation potential of their current equipment, increasing productivity, cost reduction, improving accuracy, and more. Millright operates a 1000m² heavy fabrication workshop in Papamoa, New Zealand, including sandblasting and painting. Staff all have sawmill maintenance backgrounds ensuring customers get fast, efficient results, as well as sound advice based on many years of accumulated knowledge and experience.
Millright has recently been appointed as distributors for TS Manufacturing (Canada) allowing them to sell, and manufacture under licence, TS Manufacturing equipment from the Papamoa workshop, drastically reducing lead times for customers, and ensuring local back-up and service.
Marty is a qualified electrical inspector who started out working in power generation, dairy factories, sawmills and pulp mills in the central north island. Working on a large variety of equipment, projects and maintenance, developing a passion for the timber industry.
Working his way through maintenance roles through to Engineering Manager for Pedersen Group then on to operations manager roles in the central north island. Marty and his family moved to Australia to set up an operation for Pedersen Group in Albury as General Manager. Following several years in Australia Marty returned to New Zealand to manage the Pedersen Tasman site through major plant upgrade. In 2015 the dual role as Site Manager for both Pedersen Tasman and Lumber cube Rotorua.
Following the closure of Lumber cube Marty spent two years leading a study on square log production in the central north island. In 2018 Marty headed back to sawmilling as CEO of Pacific Pine and then onto Winstone Pulp as Site Operations Manager of Tangiwai. Marty led the team through major change, completing the bin sorter installation and the relocation of the lumber cube assets to Tangiwai.
Marty started with Millright in April 2023 having close to 30 years of technical, operational, and project management skills. Understanding both the operational and technical requirements of the timber industry supporting Millright focus to deliver projects that understand the needs of the industry.