Otago-based Calder Stewart Industries is to design and
build a new $30 million dairy services manufacturing plant for
Skellerup Holdings in Christchurch, on land developed by Ngai
Skellerup chief executive David Mair said construction of the
new building, partially financed by insurance payouts for
damage to its Woolston plant, would begin shortly and be
finished by December next year.
On completion of the dairy rubberware development and
manufacturing facility on the 3.4ha site at Wigram Business
Park, Mr Mair said Skellerup's existing 200 staff would then
begin a staggered move from Woolston to the 18,900sq m plant.
''This is another significant step for our dairy business and
great news for Christchurch,'' Mr Mair said.
Calder Stewart was awarded the fixed price design and build
contract, which was formally signed yesterday, with total
project investment inclusive of levies and project management
costs estimated at $30 million.
''In addition to providing improved working conditions for
staff, the new facility will capture process, flow and
efficiency gains, further strengthening the operations of our
dairy rubberware manufacturing business,'' Mr Mair said.
The site was purchased from Ngai Tahu Property in May last
year, he said. It has easy access to Christchurch's airport
and Lyttelton port facilities.