In 1993, Murray Grant, in partnership, imported a horizontal Bandmill with the objective of suppyling wholesale R/S green pine to the finger jointing and other markets in Whangarei. Shortly after starting operation these markets crashed forcing them to look elsewhere.
They processed and marketed some macrocarpa logs from a local forest and saw the potential for developing a reputation as supplying well graded and cut macrocarpa - it worked, and they never cut pine again. Changing our name to MacDirect Ltd, the mills output increased dramatically every year. They became the main wholesaler of Macrocarpa into Auckland with the main restriction being log supply.
In 1999 Murray became the sole owner of MacDirect, and he determined to continue to take advantage of the growing awareness of the special benefits and sustainability of Macrocarpa.
In 2003 with the business out-growing its site and production ability, a decision was made to purchase an existing macrocarpa mill (P&D Sawmill) in Franklin, South Auckland at Patumahoe. This allowed MacDirect Ltd to grow their customer base, source trees from Central North Island Plantations, and move into finishing/dressing timber themselves.
Although there have been many difficulties to face, e.g: Building Code turmoil, consistent log procurement, and now the building recession, MacDirect has continued to grow every year. Today they are well placed to meet the increasing demand for high quality macrocarpa.
With a good reputation in the forestry industry MacDirect have a plentiful supply of quality plantation logs. We consistently strive for improvement in quality control, installing a modern Wenig Foursider/Moulder in 2008 and a Horizontal Bandmill Resaw in 2010.
The mainstay of a small sawmill is the team who work there. Most of the team have worked several years at MacDirect and have become experts in the specialist cutting and grading needed in a macrocarpa sawmill. Today MacDirect has a kitset manufacturing division which has considerably alleviated any downturn in the building industry. MacDirect strongly believe macrocarpa has the potential to be a major player in the NZ Building industry with the added potential of a large known market for cypress in Asia. They aim to be in a position to meet this demand while always being determined to satisfy each and every customers needs.