October 2007 Tenon chips in with top award

Wood products company Tenon Ltd was the supreme winner at the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (AmCham) business awards.

The Auckland-based company transformed from forester Fletcher Challenge Forests to its present form as a value adding, customer focused, wood product provider.

The awards celebrate business innovation and success in the import, export, investment and tourism sectors between New Zealand and its second largest trading partner, the US. Tenon also won the exporter of the year - goods category.

"Choosing a supreme winner was a tight call given the exceptional calibre of contenders," said Chamber president Michael Stanley.

"Tenon, however, just had the leading edge, demonstrating market leadership and customer focus with its environmentally certified wood products, including solid wood mouldings. It also showed business disciplines and sound strategy, investing in continually improving its vertically integrated supply chain, establishing its own marketing office in the US to be close to retail customers and suppliers and forming joint venture partnerships to extend its market influence and capture margin."

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