Stainless steel products meet effluent demands
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.
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.
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.