1981 - 1991
The story of Everist Timber began in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Richard Everist was carving out a successful career as a fencing contractor. He ran a team of six fencing contractors and built rural and domestic timber fencing. Strong’s Timber was his merchant of choice and whilst having a chat with the owner learnt that the business was coming up for sale. Being somewhat of an entrepreneur, he jumped at the opportunity and Everist Timber was born.
That was 1982 and in those days the business was purely focussed on fencing supplies. In fact, Richard Everist continued to run the fencing business whilst operating Everist Timber. Business was soon going well enough that Richard was able to give up the fencing side and focus solely on being a timber merchant. The eighties and early nineties were a period of consistent growth for Everist Timber, with the recession of 1991 providing the only hiccup.
Switch to building supplies
During this period Everist Timber began expanding into general building supplies rather than just fencing material. This meant a greater investment into infrastructure was required to store all the different materials whether they be fibre cement, ply sheets or cedar weatherboards. The business was expanding in more ways than one.
The trucks were a bit more rough and ready in those days, no crane deliveries back then, a tip truck was a bit of a luxury. everything was either barred off the side or if things went well a straight tip off the back.
The yard was a lot more rough and ready too. Lots of mud in Winter and a dust bowl in Summer. We didn’t have a lot of racking so pretty much everything was stacked on ground bearers. Lucky that half the building materials were green off saw.
One existing shed held saws and thicknesser. We soon built sheds to house KD hardwood, framing pine, ply and fibre cement. Importantly, we were able to bitumen significant parts of the yard. Whilst these changes probably didn’t look like much, we were still running the office and shop out of a converted house, which enabled us to run the yard a whole lot more efficiently.