Chinese factory set to go

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KeelowCraft owner Dwayne Terry is coming to an end of his time in China but is not leaving Asia just yet.

Mr Terry and wife Gillian have spent the last few years in China setting up a factory there.

The Chinese factory is a major step up from the 500sq m factory in Gore _ it is almost six times the size at about 3000sq m and has a staff of 25.

There had been many challenges in the building of the factory, including the cultural and language barriers, Mr Terry said.

“It has been an interesting couple of years with a few things lost in translation but it is now almost ready to be handed to a Chinese manager, with all the staff fully trained and ready.”

Back in Gore briefly two weeks ago to work on his own boat for the world championships next year, Mr Terry was then heading up to Blenheim before returning to China for the last phase of setting up the factory and handing it over to a Chinese manager.

While still a shareholder in KeelowCraft in Gore and a partner in the China operation, Mr Terry was planning another project, this time in Thailand.

“It is a more personal venture in Thailand,” he said.

“I will be looking at creating a jet-boating tourist business similar to the ones we have in New Zealand.”

He had been in the manufacturing business for 16 years and was looking forward to taking tourists for an adventure.

The Gore shop would still consult Mr Terry in Thailand.

Gore business manager Wendy den Hertog said the factory would call on his expertise on a near daily basis.

“He still owns the business here in Gore and so he will still be involved and [provide] advice on anything curly,” she said.
While he was staying overseas in the short term, Mr Terry believed it was only a matter of time before he moved back to New Zealand.