En­gi­neer pi­o­neer re­tires

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - GARDENING - MAIKE VAN DER HEIDE

An engineering com­pany that pi­o­neered new ideas for sev­eral Marl­bor­ough in­dus­tries will close its doors af­ter almost half a cen­tury fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of its founder.

Ge­off Tay­lor, of Tay­lors Engineering, started out as a dairy farmer but switched to engineering work from a small shed at the back of a prop­erty in Koromiko, be­tween Blen­heim and Pic­ton.

This led into stain­less steel work and the birth of Tay­lors Engineering 47 years ago. His son Con­way Tay­lor says the com­pany not only de­vel­oped new prod­ucts, but built many friend­ships over the years.

The com­pany’s pur­pose-built build­ing and equip­ment in Liver­pool St will con­tinue to be used for engineering ac­tiv­i­ties, with Crown Sheet­metal tak­ing over a long-term lease.

Early projects in­cluded stain­less steel vats for the cheese fac­to­ries in Tua­ma­rina and Koromiko and then other projects for the salt works at Grass­mere, near Sed­don.

‘‘Over the years Ge­off has been ap­proached by var­i­ous in­dus­tries with engineering prob­lems. I think his legacy has been the abil­ity to come up with cre­ative engineering so­lu­tions to these chal­lenges.’’

Tay­lors Engineering was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished on Grove Rd, in Blen­heim, and in the 1980s be­came in­volved in Marl­bor­ough’s new up and com­ing in­dus­try; wine.

Ge­off de­signed and man­u­fac­tured some of the re­gion’s ear­li­est wine tanks for Mon­tana and many of the pi­o­neer­ing wine companies. By the 1990s, with the wine in­dus­try well and truly es­tab­lished, he be­gan to de­velop other prod­ucts in­clud­ing the tip­ping bin and tip­ping tank.

The tip­ping bin is an elec­tri­cally pow­ered, hy­draulic grape bin, which gives the op­er­a­tor full con­trol over the rate of tip­ping into the crusher.

His de­signs were cut­ting edge at the time, and Con­way says the tip­ping bin con­cept in particular has since been widely adopted by both the New Zealand and Aus­tralian wine in­dus­tries.

‘‘Ge­off enjoyed the chal­lenges and prob­lem­solv­ing that came with mak­ing a new idea work, backed by the sup­port of trust­ing clients and great staff. Ge­off would like to thank everyone in­volved over the years.’’

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