Last updated 05:00 26/05/2012
© Fairfax NZ News
Mainland 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.
Mr Ross said Mainland Minerals was steadily growing. "We're expanding to a bigger building to keep up with our growth." The company's point of difference was its focus on minerals and sustainability. He said it fitted "with the way the world's going with pollution and sustainability". "We pretty much just use what we require." The company worked within a "controlled growth" concept and only took on what it could handle. "We are very cautious," director Marty Kimble said. It was established in the 1960s as Wonder Distributors and became Mainland Minerals in the 1980s.