By: The Working Forest Staff
It is with great sadness that TimberLab Solutions Ltd advises of the sudden passing of our CEO Grant McIntosh. Grant suffered a heart attack on Sunday afternoon and passed away on Monday night surrounded by his family. Grant inspired a family culture at TimberLab and his passing is a huge shock to the team.
The unexpected passing of Grant brings to an end a three-generation involvement in the Glulam industry spanning a period of 60 years.
In 1982 Grant joined Mcintosh Timber Laminates and in 1999 became Managing Director when his father Ken retired. Grant’s passion for increasing efficiencies in the production systems for Glulam saw him introducing many leading-edge developments – mechanical stress graders, NZ’s first 2metre wide beam planer and much other specialised equipment.
In a bold move, 2013 saw the emergence of the TimberLab brand resulting from the merger of McIntosh Timber Laminates with TimberBond Industries. Under Grant’s leadership, digital technology took Glulam manufacture to a new level. 3D computer modelling and CNC processing achieved efficiencies and accuracy not previously possible.
Over the past year, Grant had started to step back from TimberLab leaving the majority of the day-to-day running of the company to General Manager, Darren Stead.
Darren is fortunate to have a team of experienced and dedicated administrative and production staff that will continue to drive the company forward, leading the production of engineered timber solutions that are gaining momentum in New Zealand and abroad.
Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts go out to Grant’s wife Merilyn and the family. They have been part of the TimberLab family and we are very grateful to them for allowing us to have had the privilege and pleasure of Grant’s generous and inspiring leadership for so many years.
The funeral is to be held at Eastview Baptist Church, 559 Chapel Road, Botany at 11am, Monday 16th March.
If you would like to share your memories and reminisce on your times with Grant, we would be pleased to receive them and share with Merilyn and his family.