CNI Forest Management Ltd
Dean Urquhart & Dean Lawson spent their initial working careers within the Forest Industry specialising in forest management and silvicultural contracting. After successfully securing one of the major Strategic Alliances Contracts in 1999, they joined forces with similar skilled business owners to form CNI Forest Management Ltd. This new entity was the first of its scale and structure in New Zealand and had the responsibility of completing all silviculture operations within the Central North Island. Primary operations included planting, release spraying, pruning and thinning to waste, employing up to 350 employees during seasonal peaks.
Traffic Services Contracting in Rotorua
A risk strategy saw the purchase of an existing Traffic Services Contracting business based in Rotorua, in early 2004, providing an opportunity for the two Deans to do it alone. Over the next four years efforts were made to focus on delivering a service that complemented the road construction industry, particularly in the long-term maintenance activities for NZTA and Local Authorities, maintaining assets considered to be “above the black top” e.g. Road Signs, Road & Street Furniture, Pavement Marking and Vegetation Control.
Combined Road & Traffic Services Limited formed
Combined Road & Traffic Services Limited (CRTS) was formed in August 2008 to better reflect the now solid foundation of services being offered, creating brand awareness for the niche activities now sort and specialised in.
Acquisition of Traffic Signs NZ Limited
A further enhancement to the suite of contracting services on offer was the acquisition of Traffic Signs NZ Limited (TSNZ) in September 2012. This purchase included TSNZ’s current signs installation business located in Mt. Maunganui.
Offering Road Barrier Systems
Additional attributes and resources has meant CRTS was able to offer the new supply and installation of road barrier program e.g. guard rail and/or wire rope with a specialised mix of capabilities available from the “one organisation”. CRTS was also able to expand the Traffic Signs New Zealand enterprise and opened a new branch in Christchurch to supply to South Island customers.
Expansion and success within the business allowed for the addition of an arboriculture program to maintain the safety of regional roads from hazardous trees.
CRTS has grown to encompass a new Traffic Management division to further broaden our business.