Where it all began
From the ground up
Sixty years and still going strong. You’ll see Lester still at work in the company which he founded out of his shed and has slowly grown and expanded over the years to it’s current residence in Palmerston Road, Gisborne. Keeping it in the family Kath Kitchen took over the management of the company 10 years ago bringing with her knowledge of kitchens and architectural draughting.
The factories have had their trials and tribulations. One major event that occurred, changing the direction of the company was the complete devastation of the timber factory and the gutting of the aluminium factory by fire. On the evening of 12th September 1997 the timber factory was set alight by arsonists and the firefighters took four hours to get the fire under control and put the fire out. Normally a devastating blow to the then 70 year old veteran, Lester recuperated and reconstructed the factory with Kath’s organisation and leadership.
The Traue corporation has not only been a major part of the Gisborne history but has an active part in it’s construction and growth. One of the first vehicles used in the company is now a part of the Gisborne Transport and Technology museum. The buildings Traue Joinery and Fisher Aluminium have been involved with include – Gisborne Hospital, Gisborne Fire Station re-development, Portside Hotel out fitting, Harbourview Apartments, Emerald Hotel and many private residences.