Gary joined JDT Leven in August 1985 which means he’s recently celebrated his 36th anniversary with the company! After leaving Buckhaven high school, he started work as an apprentice in the sawmill and he’s been there ever since.
As a ‘Jack of all Trades’, Gary has worked as a Mill Foreman, Yard Foreman as well as working as Transport and Treatment Supervisors. He is currently working on the planer/moulding machine, setting up all the various profiles for moulding the timber.
Here’s Gary to tell us more about his role at JDT:
What does a typical day look like at JDT?
“Every day brings new challenges – sometimes it can be organised chaos and other times things will go smoothly. However, at the moment, with the high demand on timber, it’s mostly quite hectic.”
What do you enjoy most about your role?
“What I enjoy most about my job is teaching others – we have recently taken on 5 new apprentices and I am looking forward to passing on my knowledge and skills to them.”
What do you find most challenging about your role?
“The most challenging aspect of my role is trying to keep up with modern technology. I’m a bit of a technophobe so sometimes the newer computerised tasks can take a bit of getting used to!”
What do you get up to in your free time?
“When I’m not working, I enjoy socialising in the pub and spending time with my fiancée.”