Iconic Gympie family firm expands in two directions
DOORS are opening for well known Gympie region public transport operator, Polleys Coaches, with new school bus runs and a significant diversification - into the timber industry.
Polleys boss Warren Polley this week announced the family owned company has now opened the door for an expansion into the field of engineer timber.
Specifically, Mr Polley said the diversification involved an investment in Drummond Drive manufacturing company, Dynatech, which will continue under part-Polley ownership, with a new name, Pine Tech Manufacturing Pty Ltd.
That door was opened with the help of Pinetech director and CEO Justin Lippiatt, who is learning fast about everything to do with doors.
Pine Tech will continue the Dyna Tech business of manufacturing engineered wood products, mostly all the internal framing structures that make doors light and strong.
It will do so with the help of executives like Elizabeth Hill and Patrick Brunott, who have come over to the new organisation, in a way that keeps the former company's work happening.
"Dyna Tech has been manufacturing timber products for about 20 years,” Ms Hill said yesterday. "We employ 16 people,” she said.
It is all a new adventure for Mr Polley, who said yesterday that he had seen an opportunity to diversify into an industry which has always been a big part of Gympie region.
"Timber industries employ 700 people in Gympie region.
"We're really keen to be part of that.”
At the same time, Polleys is expanding the business it knows, public transport in the Gympie and nearby region.
"We have purchased Frank and Wendy Blom's Widgee school bus run.
"Everybody knows their big yellow bus,” he said.
"That happens to be one of the longest bus runs in Australia, in terms of kilometres travelled. And we've bought runs out of Cooroy, Cooran, Gayndah and Maryborough,” he said.
"We've got a total of 37 runs and it's just under 3000 children a day to school in the morning and then home again in the afternoon.
"It's a lot of school runs and on top of that we operate all our other services,” he said.
With such a big and now diverse field of operations, Mr Polley said he had felt a need to have help with all that administration and had appointed Mr Lippiatt to be Polleys CEO as well as performing a similar role at Pinetech.
Mr Lippiatt was previously operations manager at Cooloola Christian College.