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Earthmoving specialist gets the job done

Earthmoving specialist gets the job done
KJ Mac Contracting has the machinery and experience to specialise in excavation, retaining walls, farm projects, driveways, demolition and site clearance, and drainage projects.

Residential earthmoving specialist KJ Mac Contracting offers a personal service and more than two decades of earthmoving experience to provide a one-stop-shop solution for all residential earthmoving requirements throughout Otago.

Owned and operated by sole trader Kevin MacLeod, Dunedin-based KJ Mac Contracting has the machinery and experience to specialise in excavation, retaining walls, farm projects, driveways, demolition and site clearance, and drainage projects.

Clients deal directly with Kevin throughout every aspect of their job, from beginning to end.

Providing all types of cartage and free advice, Kevin can also source the appropriate contractors, if required, to get the job done.

Kevin operates an extensive range of machines and has an exceptional safety record. His career began in the mining industry in 1989, and Kevin worked for Doug Hood Mining for about 10 years.

He worked on some big projects at Huntly and on the west coast of the North and South Islands, as well as the installation of the second tower race at Manapouri Power Station in 1997.

He then moved on to MacMahon Mining, working for the company in New Zealand before it sent him to Australia, where he managed drill and blasting programmes in the mines, as well as being a superintendent at the Anglo coal mine in Queensland. He holds an A Grade managers certificate for quarries.

Coming home to New Zealand, he went to work for his father Roddy, also a contractor, before seeing a need for quality residential earthmoving services in Otago and setting up KJ Mac Contracting in 2005.

He has since established an outstanding reputation for personalised service and jobs done right first time.

Operating trucks from motor scrappers and loaders to drill rigs, excavators, and dozers in the earthmoving industry for 24 years, Kevin has the expertise to service all earthmoving projects no matter the size of scale, big or small, short or long term.

Kevin is currently creating building platforms at Ocean View, and will soon start another six to eight building platforms at Taieri Mouth. “The one I’m doing now at Ocean View is very steep, you have to climb up to it,” he says.

“We are cutting big platforms into the side of the hill. Once the house is built and the landscaping completed, it could be worth $1 million.

“There are amazing views looking out towards the coast. It’s the same at Taieri Mouth, all the platforms have a view out to the sea.”

Once the platform and footings are done, KJ Mac Contracting works in with companies such as Dunedin Plumbing and Gas and Kennedy Plumbing to install the services under the house to be hooked up later to the sewer and stormwater main lines.

KJ Mac Contracting does a lot of work with Dunedin builders Dave Gavegon and De rek Lester, who have always got a couple of jobs going on.

As well as residential earthmoving, KJ Mac Contracting offers a complete service in root raking, drainage, retaining walls, post hole boring, all types of cartage, and more.

Roddy is now working for Kevin, running KJ Mac Contracting’s Waste Management Dunedin contract which has the company carting refuse from Dunedin transfer station to Green Island.

As well as five trips a week to Oamaru to bring refuse back to Green Island. Roddy is 73, extremely fit, and not ready to give up work.

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