End of an era at Big River Timbers
By JENNIFER HUXLEY
YESTERDAY signalled the end of a dynasty.
For the first time in 110 years Big River Timbers' managing director is not a member of the Pidcock family.
After 25 years at the helm of the Grafton-based company Kerry Pidcock decided to hand over the reins to chief financial officer Jim Bindon, hoping to 'catch his breath and ease himself into retirement'.
Mr Pidcock has worked for his family's business since 1968, seeing it through financial difficulties and changes in company direction.
He described his work as being a 'challenging and often excruciating journey', but said he relished every second.
"Leaving is a good feeling, Big River Timbers is in good financial shape and has a fine future," Mr Pidcock said.
"Big River Timbers is a home-grown company that I feel has given a fair bit to the Grafton economy ? we are one of the largest em- ployers in the Clarence Valley and buy and use locally produced products and services, so I guess we have made a decent contribution to Grafton.
"I truly believe I'm the luckiest bloke in the world ... who would have thought this is where I'd be when I started off as a clerk so many years ago."
Mr Pidcock said he regarded the Wran Government's 1982 rainforest decision as the biggest challenge of his career.
The decision prevented rainforest logging and ended the company's supply of timber from Washpool State Forest, forcing Big River Timbers to change from veneering to formply production.
Mr Pidcock said he felt proud to have 'built the company up from the ashes of a political decision'.