"A bit of an adventure" is how Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd’s strategy and development general manager Paul Commons’ describes his transfer to work for Holcim in the United States.
Christchurch-based Mr Commons has been a familiar figure in North Otago since Holcim New Zealand announced last year its $200 million cement plant proposal near Weston.
In an interview, Mr Commons said while he was sad to leave the project, it was an appropriate time with the conclusion yesterday of the four-week hearing.
He was now anticipating the commissioners’ decision. The company was continuing to work on further prioritising the three options it was investigating to meet projected growth in demand for cement in New Zealand.
Mr Commons said it had been four long weeks, with many different perspectives and opinions expressed and he thanked all participants.
While it could be difficult for submitters, he hoped those appearing did not find it too arduous. He appreciated the time, experience and guidance of the commissioners, who put people at ease.
During his visits to North Otago, Mr Commons had found the community engaging, interesting and progressive, with a diverse range of opinions.
He has spent 16 years working for Holcim in New Zealand, with three years in his current role, and his new position, based in Colorado, involved business development.
Mr Commons will move to the United States with his wife and three children.