Stain­less steel prod­ucts meet ef­flu­ent de­mands

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata ef­flu­ent man­age­ment company Reid & Har­ri­son has gone from sell­ing Yard­mas­ter prod­ucts to now be­ing able to cre­ate more prod­ucts on site after buy­ing another business.

In Septem­ber,

Reid & Har­ri­son ac­quired In­dus­trial Stain­less & De­sign (ISD).

This was a Whangareibased business that has been moved to Reid & Harrisons’ Mata­mata site on Wai­hou St.

The company’s new stain­less steel man­u­fac­tur­ing out­fit will ben­e­fit farm­ers be­cause it will in­crease the amount of sep­a­ra­tion equip­ment for ef­flu­ent so­lu­tions Reid & Har­ri­son can make and sell, chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Cooke said.

‘‘What this means is that we can go out to our cus­tomers and our deal­ers

and say we have a com­pre­hen­sive range of pumps, sep­a­ra­tors and stir­rers, so when it comes to de­sign­ing and com­plet­ing a sys­tem they have a lot of op­tions and al­ter­na­tives.’’

He said dairy farm­ers are fac­ing a lot of pres­sure over ef­flu­ent man­age­ment and his company’s more so­phis­ti­cated, in­creased range will be able to stand up to that in­creased de­mand.

Long term, Reid & Har­ri­son will also be look­ing into cre­at­ing prod­ucts that en­able farm­ers to farm more sus­tain­ably through re­cy­cling the green wa­ter that is left when the waste prod­uct solids have been re­moved.

‘‘The more we can re-use wa­ter on farms the bet­ter,’’ Cooke said.

He be­lieved the dairy in­dus­try as a whole was re­search­ing how to make dairy farm­ing more sus­tain­able.

‘‘Most farm­ers are set­ting up a legacy for the next gen­er­a­tion. They are fo­cused on the fu­ture be­cause they want to pass it on to the next gen­er­a­tion and are very aware they need to be do­ing stuff to en­sure that.’’

Reid & Har­ri­son is aware of the short-term, here and now needs of farm­ers, and also have long-term goals on how to pro­vide ef­flu­ent sys­tems that make dairy farm­ing more sus­tain­able.

The company used to make its prod­ucts from moulded steel but stain­less steel will not only in­crease the range but will stand up to the abra­sive na­ture of ef­flu­ent bet­ter.

The range will

in­clude the orig­i­nal Yard­mas­ter YS200 and YS300 sep­a­ra­tors and the ac­quired Press, Ro­tary Drum, Static Screen and Cen­tri­fier sep­a­ra­tors.

The company will also take on con­tracts to cre­ate plant equip­ment as Cooke said stain­less steel man­u­fac­ture is very spe­cialised and there are not many com­pa­nies who pro­vide that ser­vice lo­cally.

They al­ready have a con­tract to pro­duce plant equip­ment for a Fon­terra cheese fac­tory, he said.

The company has taken on four of the peo­ple who worked at ISD on a per­ma­nent con­tract and one on a tem­po­rary con­tract as their skill set, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence are im­por­tant to Reid & Har­ri­son.

BUSY FAC­TORY: Work­ers pro­duc­ing plant equip­ment for a Fon­terra cheese fac­tory in Reid and Har­ri­son’s new stain­less steel man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory.

Pho­tos: ABBY BROWN

HAPPY CHAP: Reid & Har­ri­son’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Cooke with one of the prod­ucts that will from now be made on-site out of stain­less steel.

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