About Forestry Roading Services 2018 Ltd

Forestry Roading Services 2018 Ltd has been operating for over 20 years and has a skilled and experienced team, providing an excellent service to clients throughout Otago and Southland. FRS works across the forestry sector, carrying out forestry road construction in conjunction with Ernslaw One and Wenita Forest Products. FRS also works in general contracting. As a business, FRS is committed to sound environmental and health and safety practices.

The future of FRS is an exciting and ever-changing frontier. FRS is looking to obtain more work in the continuously developing contracting industry and to keep improving the ability to provide for all clients’ needs. FRS has a quality team who provide clients with skilled workmanship and excellent service in the forestry and contracting industries.

The history of Forestry Roading Services 2018 Ltd

Forestry Roading Services Ltd began in 1989, as South West Roading Ltd, and was named Forestry Roading Services Ltd in 2002. FRS has been carrying out forestry road construction throughout Otago and Southland from its creation and has also branched out into general civil contracting. The Milton business was purchased by Skevingtons in 2018, with all existing staff (except for the previous owner) continuing at the business.

Blair and Angela began Skevingtons in 2004, based in Palmerston, the business is a family owned and operated company that takes pride in offering a personal service. Skevingtons is a client-focused company and this philosophy feeds through to FRS. Skevingtons and FRS are experts in heavy machinery. With FRS offering a diverse and unique range of services including road construction, earthworks, crushing, cartage, transportingroad and track maintenance, garden supplies, and an Allied Fuel and AdBlue Service.

Blair (Chezze) Skevington – Co-owner

Blair has a real entrepreneurial spirit. He began his career as a baker and sawmill labourer, but at age 19 took on the lease of a rundown hotel with a business partner. Together, they built up the North Western Hotel in Palmerston, located between Oamaru and Dunedin.

Never one to rest, Blair started contracting work and was eventually offered a full-time position with Macraes gold mine in various departments. He then progressed to become a crane operator for Macraes before seizing the opportunity to start his own contracting business. From there, Skevingtons was born. The business completes work mainly in the Otago region but undertakes work throughout the South Island.

Blair believes that one of the secrets to success is having happy staff to fulfil your clients’ needs and expectations. He has a strong can-do attitude and a strong focus on meeting customer demand in the South Island for the mining, irrigation, and construction families.

Angela Jarman – Co-owner

When Blair and Angela began Skevingtons, Angela took on the administration duties and likes that the business is a family owned and operated company with a customer focus. Angela and Blair built the business up by focusing on being a reliable name and in doing so the company has grown steadily.

Forestry Roading Services has been a great addition to Skevingtons, bringing a great group of people into the business. Angela has found them inviting and reliable. They’ve been able to rely on the knowledge and experience of the existing FRS team.

Angela has a background in the tourism industry and worked as a Personal Assistant before moving into administration at Skevingtons. She believes some of the success of the business comes down to working together as a team to achieve our goals.

Work life can keep Angela and Blair busy with events and an active social calendar. Family life is a big priority for both of them with their two children also keeping them busy.

Chris Roberts – Operations Manager

Chris brings over twelve years in the heavy machinery industry to his role at FRS. He joined Skevington’s in mid-2018 as Operations Manager for maintenance and assets and moved into his role as Operations Manager for FRS in September 2018. He’s worked in a range of roles, predominately in management positions, and with nationwide businesses. He started in the industry as a sales rep for Cumming Engine Company in 2006, worked for Firth Industries as a plant manager and then as the lower South Island manager for Porters.

He has experience in staff management and a great knowledge of heavy machinery, along with business know-how. He strives to meet and exceed profit margins while maintaining quality for his clients. He enjoys working with staff and the wider forestry industry to foster ongoing business relationships and grow business potential.

Chris believes in doing a job once and doing it right. He sees every day as an opportunity to learn more while getting out there and doing it. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and young family. In his spare time, you might find him on the mountain bike or our enjoying the great outdoors.

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