Wagners pay lovely gesture to long-term employees at float
JOHN Stark has dedicated nearly a quarter of a century to the Wagners - so it was only fair he could share in yesterday's ASX float fun.
The general manager of the company's construction materials and services arm was cheering on his employers in Sydney as the company listed on the ASX.
Denis, John, Joe and Neill Wagner flew most of their employees who had served 15 years or more to Sydney for the float, as a thank-you for years of service.
Mr Stark, who joined the business as a mechanic before slowly working his way up the ranks, said he wasn't surprised by the gesture, considering the business's track record of looking after employees.
"I'm very appreciative of it. It's been part of the ethos for a long time, to recognise the efforts of employees and rewarding them in their own way," he said.
"This is not a surprise - it's par for the course for them."
Mr Stark said even after all these years, he wasn't bored by the day-to-day activities of the massive company.
"What has changed is the growth of business over the years, where we've got at times over 1000 employees working across Australia and at intentional projects," he said.
"I knew it would go somewhere because of the owners - they're so driven and have had this growth objective.
"You learnt pretty early on that if they wanted something, then typically it would happen.
"You expected things were going to happen."
CEO Cameron Coleman, who has been in the role for five years, paid tribute to the Wagner brothers for their leadership through a changing construction landscape.