Chance for tour of Calder Ste­wart

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - RICHARD DAV­I­SON richard.dav­i­[email protected]

THE gen­eral pub­lic will have a rare op­por­tu­nity to in­spect Calder Ste­wart’s state­of­the­art head­quar­ters dur­ing to­day’s Toko­mairiro A&P Show.

Guided tours of the con­struc­tion firm’s Mil­ton base — known as Rev­o­lu­tion Hills — will de­part by bus from the A&P Show­grounds hourly from 9am hourly.

Vis­i­tors would have an op­por­tu­nity to see the com­pany’s 207m struc­tural steel fab­ri­ca­tion plant, built in 2015, and its at­trac­tively land­scaped grounds to Mil­ton’s north, a Calder Ste­wart spokesman said.

Al­though vis­its to its head­quar­ters by ed­u­ca­tional and in­dus­try groups were not un­usual, broader, pub­lic ‘‘open days’’ were less com­mon for the fa­mously pub­lic­ity­shy com­pany.

‘‘We’ve de­cided to throw open our doors for show vis­i­tors this year both to demon­strate our sup­port for the show, and to help raise funds for our cho­sen good cause.’’

Gold coin pro­ceeds from the tour would go to search and res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion LandSAR.

De­spite pos­sess­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for guard­ing its pri­vacy, he said the firm was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors at the week­end.

‘‘There are no se­crets here. Ac­tions speak louder than words, and that’s the way we prefer to do busi­ness.’’

For health and safety rea­sons, the hour­long tour was open only to those of rea­son­able fit­ness, and was not suit­able for young chil­dren, he said.

Toko­mairiro A & P So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Richard McEl­rea said the tours were a high­light among many attractions at this year’s show.

‘‘We’re very grate­ful to Calder Ste­wart for let­ting us look be­yond the gates at Rev­o­lu­tion Hills. They’re a com­pany that does a huge amount for Mil­ton and sur­rounds, and this is an­other ex­am­ple of their gen­eros­ity.’’

Thanks to a new en­ter­tain­ment sub­com­mit­tee, the show promised a ‘‘bumper’’ year for fam­i­lies, he said.

‘‘We’ve got crash res­cue sim­u­la­tions, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, LandSAR dogs, NZ Sharp Black, butcher Greg Eger­ton, Mr Yi­padee, Pip­pity Pop, laser tag, fire danc­ing — you name it.’’

Af­ter South Otago A&P Show was scaled down due to flood­ing re­cently, Mr McEl­rea said live­stock en­tries were also up.

‘‘It prom­ises to be a great year in­side and out.’’

PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON

Wel­come in . . . Calder Ste­wart as­sis­tant pro­ject engi­neer Luke Baines is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Toko­mairiro A&P Show vis­i­tors to the com­pany’s Mil­ton steel plant to­day.

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