CK’s logging into a niche market
ELEISHA Kirk and husband Jason reckon "Dad knows best" when it comes to business.
"The idea of a portable sawmill originated with my father," Eleisha said. "He'd been talking about it since 2006."
The couple bought one in 2008 and named it CK's Milling, after Eleisha's father Ian Coulch and Jason's surname Kirk.
"We bought it, but dad was always interested in doing it and operating it," Eleisha said.
But now, the business is expanding due to another dream.
"It has been my dream for many years to one day expand the portable sawmill part of CK's and get my own excavator and truck," Jason said.
He realised the dream last year when he bought one of each.
His eight-ton excavator has an array of attachments which gives him earthwork options.
"We provide all aspects of earthworks; dams, site pads, cleanups, rubbish and tree removal, drainage and roadways," he said.
He also has the truck to cart it all in his 10-ton tipper.
"I've been operating excavators for over 15 years, working with local companies digging in and around underground assets," Jason said.
"My passion is the drive behind this expansion."
The family is also expanding - after the birth of their daughter in 2012 - and Eleisha said the time was right for the business to branch out.
Gympie and the surrounding area will see huge growth in different sectors, she said.
"We wanted to be a part of that and help build for the next generation."