In 1998 Road Metals Ltd, a company specialising in mobile crushing based in Oamaru secured a four month contract with Stevensons. In Auckland.
Don Parker and his band of merry men were based at W Stevenson & Sons East Tamaki Quarry crushing / screening predominantly GAP65 and TNZ40 (Transit M/4 AP40) metal. All the TNZ40 metal was destined for the ALPURT motorway linking Albany to Orewa.
When that contract was completed – some three and a half years later (a pretty good extension of contract !!) Road Metals crew headed south help out at Stevenson’s Huntly Quarry. This was while that plant received its upgrade.
Then similarly on to Kaiaua Quarry, located on the west side of the Firth of Thames. The Kaiaua operation specialised in screening ranges of pebbles for both the exposed-aggregate concrete market and landscaping pebble markets. Decorative crushed shell is also gleaned from the area.
More recently, when Stevensons undertook a major upgrade and installation of its new plant at the Drury quarry, Road Metals stepped in again to “keep the ship going” during this process.
General Manager for Road Metals Ltd, George Kelcher, reports their men enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to work alongside a major quarrying company.
“It has given us all an insight and understanding of challenges not normally faced in the river operations in the South Island where Road Metals have traditionally excelled. We’re a bit sad to be heading home – but it was originally to be a four month contract, it is after all six and a half years on, that’s pretty exciting”