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Norwood’s massive factory roof provides the perfect harvest area for the collection of rain water throughout the year which is stored in a series of interconnected tanks. The water is used in Norwood’s toilets and for the irrigation of thousands of plants throughout its beautifully maintained gardens.
Norwood recycles as much of its production waste as possible. The bulk of this is from offcuts of its quality Polypropylene sheets which are used for Norwood’s plant tags and other printed material and is highly rated for its recyclable properties.
Norwood’s recycling partner, Martogg takes a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach to the Life Cycle Management of plastic products. Martogg has extensive knowledge of the plastics industry and polymer technology and they formulate and recycle our plastic waste into value added, quality polymers that are used in the manufacture of new plastic products.
Norwood’s blue trolleys were designed by its Industrial Design Team to maximise the transport efficiencies of products from Production to Despatch. Each trolley is designed to hold and display 128 shoe boxes of products. Norwood’s 25 longest serving (current) staff each have a trolley named in their honour together with a photo of their work environment.
As a committed equal opportunity employer, Norwood boasts a wonderful diversity of staff from different cultures and nationalities who have migrated from New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Pakistan, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Brazil.
Norwood prides itself on the retention of its loyal and dedicated staff. With just under half its full time employees serving in excess of 10 years, the company continues to provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with opportunities for advancement in different areas of the business.
Michael Percec joined Norwood in December 1994 as an accomplished Die Cut Machine Operator. He continues to commence work at Norwood around 4am each day for his early morning shift, and operate his favourite machine. Michael has a tremendous work ethic and remains a valued member of our production team.
Norwood maintains 40 video surveillance cameras (both internal and external) due to the security sensitive nature of its printed material, together with its compliance requirements to hold a Known Consignor accreditation by the Department of Infrastructure for its exported products. Security is also enhanced with restricted access to key manufacturing areas.
In 1999 Norwood assisted Note Printing Australia (“NPA”) with the manufacture of various foreign currency Polymer Notes. NPA was unable to fill its foreign currency obligations at that time due to capacity issues and the impending “Y2K” bug.
The Y2K bug was a computer flaw that was anticipated to cause problems when dealing with dates beyond December 31, 1999. It was expected to create havoc in computers and computer networks. Foreign governments therefore placed large orders with NPA to print more of their cash, fearing that people would withdraw their funds from banks in order to avoid the potential effects of the Y2K bug.
Kath Garner (co-founder of Norwood) was raised on a dairy farm in Cobains, East Gippsland, called “Norwood” that her parents named after the church they attended in Liverpool, England before migrating to Australia. Don and Kath Eason adopted the name for their new printing business in 1960, in order to preserve the special memories of the farm during her childhood.