Business Leaders Hall of Fame: Hyne Timber
Fraser Coast company Hyne Timber was officially inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in August to celebrate, record and retell the outstanding Hyne Timber stories from the past and into the future. The company was first established in Maryborough in 1882 and is one of the region’s largest employers.
In his acceptance speech, director Peter Hynes said the recognition was an honour for all those past and present who represent Hyne Timber.
“Since the company’s beginnings in 1882, my family have always acknowledged that our employees are the most valuable asset. Not mills or machinery, but the people of Hyne Timber.”
“Although the company’s product range and production has changed considerably over the years. Mr Hyne said his family values have remained the same throughout.
“There were even dark periods in our history which saw Hyne Timber paying employees to ensure they could put food on their family’s tables despite us having absolutely no orders.”
QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Little said Hyne Timber had made a significant contribution to developing the timber industry in Queensland.
“Hyne Timber is deservedly an iconic business, not just in Maryborough and the Wide Bay Region but throughout Australia.” Professor Little said.
The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame was established by the QUT Business School, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation in 2009 to recognise the public contribution made by leaders of business to the reputation of Queensland and its economic and social development.
A central repository of digital stories and accompanying historical data has been established in a dedicated and purpose-built space at State Library of Queensland which will now include Hyne Timber. The digital story collection is available online at www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au.
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