The story of Timaru's new flour mill is on of parchialism, staunchly based on leveraging off local expertise and resources, and seed and grain varieties developed for New Zealand's highly variable environment. Farmers Mill Ltd chairman Murray Turley - a local arable farmer - is confident the new mill will open up a whole lot of opportunities for growers, for South Canterbury, and for the South Island. Turley says the $10-million mill is the result of arable farmers wanting to secure their future after milling-industry control moved overseas and the number of cropping farms within Canterbury shrank as many converted to dairy. Bringing back milling production in South Canterbury was the obvious step, he says. "We knew there was no better way to do this than to get 12 South Canterbury arble farmers to team up, mill their own grain, and work closely with our customers and the New Zealand public."

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Thirty-one businesses have been named finalists in the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013.

The finalists in each of the seven categories of the awards were officially announced yesterday. The awards are organised by Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT). "The Business Excellence Awards are the premier business awards for our region, and it's been fantastic to see the quality of entries we have had for the awards this year," ADBT chief executive Wendy Smith said. "Looking at the list of finalists, you will see some of the top businesses in their sectors. "Becoming a finalist, winning a category or becoming the supreme award winner at the awards is a huge endorsement for your business and creates a fantastic promotional opportunity. "It can be tremendous recognition for the hard work and dedication of your staff." The gala awards evening will be held on August 30. The finalists in the Construction Industry Award section include: Barrett Joinery, Chris Broadhead Building, High Country Carpentry, Thompson Construction and Engineering, Todd Mudie Group...

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Mainland Minerals_on_new_ground-220pxMainland Minerals will break the earth at its new site on Monday – the first company to move to the new industrial area in Meadows Rd, Washdyke.

Director and operations manager Andy Ross said the company was moving from leased premises on Hilton Highway and putting up a large purpose-built building with a warehouse area and office block, along with a bunker-style building for bulk storage. Work on the 3600-square-metre site starts on Monday. The company, with 10 staff, saw an opportunity when the area was rezoned heavy industrial from rural, Mr Ross said. "The turning point was pretty much when we looked into it [the rezoning] more. We jumped on it." The expansion was an exciting development. "It does earmark the fact the company is moving forward, and the fact we've been able to branch out and buy our own land. "We're pretty much the first people to turn over the dirt since it has been rezoned industrial." Several companies had shown an interest in the Meadows Rd area, he said. 

Construction is being carried out by Thompson Construction and Engineering, which also built a building for the company in Waipukurau a year ago...

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storage shed_Temuka-220pxOne of Temuka's newest buildings is taking shape northest of the town's river. It is the third in a series of expansive neighbouring sheds built by Thompson Engineering and Construction of Timaru.

Each building is an average 6500sqm, and they are being used for agricultural-related storage. The buildings are owned by Temuka Transport. Thompson Engineering director Vaughan Thompson said the newest building would measure nearly 7000sqm and include an office block. Work on the buildings started in late 2011, with the latest project due for completion in July...

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Thompson-BizAwards-220pxA second-generation family business has won the supreme award at the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013, beating 30 other finalists. Thompson Construction and Engineering also won the construction category announced at a Gala Awards evening last night at the Caroline Bay Hall.

The business was formed 35 years ago by Lyndon Thompson. His sons, Craig and Vaughan, started working for the company after they left school and took over the business when their father retired in 2002, along with their sister Michelle, who joined the firm in 1998. The company specialises in designing and constructing buildings for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. Buildings are designed in 3D using fabricated structural steel and precast concrete. The awards were judged by University of Auckland professional teaching fellow Dr Leith Oliver, Redesign managing director Jo Pennycuick, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey managing director Steve Lyttle and Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend. The awards are organised by Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT).

Winners of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013

  • Construction Industry Award 2013: Thompson Construction and Engineering
  • Winner of the Supreme Award 2013: Thompson Construction and Engineering

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