[2 August/Stuff]

Ebert Construction, who were hired to build Synlait’s new dairy processing factory at Pokeno, are determined to see it completed despite going into receivership. Ebert were hired as subcontractors to the project by Tetra Pak. Receivers said the company owes creditors tens of millions of dollars, largely due to poorly performing projects in Auckland. Workers were locked out with no access to their tools. The $250 million factory will produce 45,000 tonnes of milk powders. Synlait Chief Executive, John Penno, said the factory would provide 50 to 70 new jobs. Tetra Pak and Synlait had a long standing relationship and they were determined to find a solution. Construction of the factory was still in its early stages. A key part to the completion would be whether the receivers allowed Ebert to remain on the project. If they were not allowed to then another subcontractor will need to be found.