By Shelley Topp

Kaiapoi’s Sutton Tools has been inundated with job offers for their staff after fire destroyed most of the company’s factory.

Production and engineering manager Glenn Morgan says the offers have come from local businesses, Australia, and other overseas factories.
Only the engineering building remains at the Kaiapoi factory’s Dale St site after the early morning fire on January 30 razed the rest of the factory.
Decisions are still being made about the factory’s future and staff have been told that some redundancies will occur.

Site tour … Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer Matt McPhee, left, with Sutton Tools general manager Kevin Donovan, Waimakariri Member of Parliament, Matt Doocey, and Sutton Tools production and engineering manager, Glenn Morgan, during a tour of the Sutton Tools factory fire site on Thursday, Photo: Shelley Topp
However, the company has employment assistance programmes to help with that, and Mr Morgan says there are more than enough job offers to fill those vacancies. 
“Sutton Tools in Kaiapoi is responsible for manufacturing around 80 per cent of the High Speed Steel drills, from 0.8mm to 32mm diameter, required by the Sutton group,’’ he says.
“After over 60 years of drill manufacturing, we have a highly skilled workforce delivering a high quality product that is well known by DIY people and tradies alike throughout Australasia and worldwide. 
“As well as the Kaiapoi production facility, we also have a team of highly skilled engineers who design and build world leading CNC grinding machines which are used to manufacture our product,’’ he says.
This team is going to be instrumental in getting our manufacturing back to the level we were at last week.”
Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey attended a meeting at the factory on Thursday, with Mr Morgan, Sutton Tools general manager Kevin Donovan, Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer, Tim Reynolds, and deputy chief fire officer Matt McPhee.
During the meeting Mr Doocey said he would do whatever he could to assist the company to rebuild the Kaiapoi business. He had spoken to Sutton Tools Australian owner Peter Sutton, and was encouraged by what he had to say.  
Mr Sutton was keen to come to Kaiapoi to visit the site, and Mr Doocey has offered to do what he can to help that happen.