Negotiating from experience, Calder Stewart secured this 8,600m² section for a milk powder shed. Success ensured that Open Country came back to us for an additional warehousing expansion.
Introducing sustainable world-class milk processing technology into its daily operations was a key modernisation goal of Open Country, the second-largest dairy manufacturer in New Zealand. At its plant at Awarua, just south of Invercargill, a series of wide-ranging expansion initiatives increased the company's overall production by over 50%.
Calder Stewart's capitalised here on its reputation in the dairy industry to deliver high-quality, cost-effective warehouse space. At the earliest stages of this project, we negotiated for an 8,600m² section, allowing Open Country to store their milk powder output destined for international markets.
The success of this build naturally led to repeat business, with the final expansion leaving the warehousing unit a full 15,000m². This second stage was subject to the open tender process — so, having secured the contract, we once again proved ourselves over the competition.
Overall, the facility's design used our signature approach, proven on many of our bulk storage projects, where the supply comes from our vertically integrated structure. This tried method meant considerable cost savings were passed on to the client.
Although high winds required some delay, a flexible construction timetable was adopted to meet deadlines. There was no lost time, and work was completed to the client's satisfaction.
- Tim Burgess, Operations Manager