He only took over the Tokarahi Lime Quarry a week ago, but new owner Brent Jones is not mucking around.
Mr Jones has wasted no time in making changes, employing three staff to be based at the quarry full time.
“I want to make a difference and this quarry back producing quality lime, and the only way to do that was to make some changes and have some workers based at Tokarahi,” he said.
Back in the days when Bob Rogers owned the quarry, he did all the work himself.
Mr Jones said this wasn’t the way to go.
“Bob did well, but it would have been hard and sometimes I think he struggled a bit, so to improve production, we decided we would need more than one person involved.”
The quarry would mainly focus on producing quality agricultural lime, but lime would be available for dairy tracks if they needed it, he said.
“We want to focus on agricultural lime, because this lime we are producing out here has about 91 per cent calcium in it, which is too good to be constantly used for dairy tracks.”
He said he was confident more production would provide benefits to the Tokarahi township.
“If more local contractors want the lime and aren’t travelling as far to source it, then that’s great, and if we produce high-quality lime then there’s a good chance contractors from outside the district will come to us, providing more money to Tokarahi,” he said.
Mr Jones, who also owns BR Jones Contracting in Ashburton, said he was looking forward to a different sort of challenge.
“I saw it on the market and thought, why not. It’s not something I’m that familiar with, but it takes me out of my comfort zone and gives me something new in the contracting department to have a go at.”
Mr Jones said it was likely he would sell the spreading side of it and just look to work with spreading contractors.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
MEET AND GREET: Brent Jones and Bob Rogers shake hands after Mr Jones purchased the quarry recently for an undisclosed sum.