News

Defiance pays off for Chris

Defiance employee and young achiever award recipient Chris Chandler (front), with colleagues (from left) Bob Fox, Grahame Peacock and Matthew Woodrow.
Defiance employee and young achiever award recipient Chris Chandler (front), with colleagues (from left) Bob Fox, Grahame Peacock and Matthew Woodrow. Kerri Burns-Taylor

NIGHT shifts, endless study and long work hours have paid off for Defiance Maize Products employee Chris Chandler.

In a ceremony at the Gold Coast last weekend, Mr Chandler was declared the winner of the Australian Technical Millers' Association Young Achiever Award.

The prestigious award comes with a plane ticket that will take him to visit mills in the USA, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, UK, Thailand and New Zealand later this year.

Mr Chandler said the trip was designed to give the winner the chance to learn more about the industry.

"I am really looking forward seeing the other mills and getting more knowledge and experience for myself."

Mr Chandler said he was "rapt" to be rewarded for his work in a job he loved.

"In my third week I told them I'm in it for the long run and if they want to get rid of me, they will have to fire me," Mr Chandler said.

But that is the furthest thing from general manager Bob Fox's mind.

"This is a big job and a lot of responsibility, but Chris will go a long way in the company," he said.

Mr Fox said it is often hard to find young employees who are dedicated to building a long-lasting career in milling and he was pleased to see Mr Chandler do just that.

Topics:  award, gold coast




Caught on camera: taxi driver fights off armed teen

Warwick police are hunting a young man after an attempted armed robbery tonight

Armed robber pulls knife, demands cash

Dance the night away

SWING AWAY: Warwick Salvation Army Lieutenants Lydia and Steve Spencer are excited for their night of swing.

Salvation Army set to raise the roof with 30s swing.

Steam locomotive back on the rails

STEAM POWER: A Queensland Rail steam locomotive is set to arrive in Warwick tomorrow to replace the Southern Downs Steam Railway engine that is currently being repaired.

Qld Rail loco due in Warwick tomorrow

Latest deals and offers

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle has died

Jerry Doyle has died from unknown causes at the age of 60

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles