Sustainable, reliable solutions in mobile screening and crushing
More than 20 years ago, Brett Swain and Alan King combined their respective skills in crushing and screening, and engineering to found Southern Screenworks.
Their professionalism, integrity and commitment to innovation has enabled this mobile screening and crushing business to flourish in the intervening decades.
Building a relationship of trust with customers has been of key importance.
It is an ethos shared today by Southern Screenworks’ multi-disciplinary team, supported by loader and plant operators, workshop and administrative staff.
With its low staff turnover rate, many staff members are long-term employees with considerable experience in the mobile screening and crushing quarry industry.
Since its inception, Southern Screenworks has been operating mobile screening and crushing plants at sites throughout Canterbury.
Its screens and crushers can often be seen working in quarries, riverbeds and subdivisions.
Growth in demand has allowed further expansion beyond Canterbury to the West Coast, North Island and the Chatham Islands.
To meet this growth, the company has built up an extensive range of plant including crushers and screening plants such as scalping screens and rinser screens, along with a fleet of loaders, diggers and bulldozers.
Plant is managed so as to maximise quality and minimise wastage and down time for clients.
With its considerable capabilities, Southern Screenworks can support both local and overseas projects from planning through to completion. The scale of its current operations is impressive.
For example, it is working under contract to the Memorial Park Alliance in the Chatham Island to establish, manage and extract 120,000 cubc metres of product from the Ohinemama Quarry.
It is also producing aggregate there for a Fulton Hogan road maintenance contract.
Another large scale project, at Winstone Aggregates Otaki, involved the production of 245,000 tonnes of high quality M4 aggregate and 150,000 tonnes of concrete aggregates over an 18 month period.
Along with GBS Winstone Aggregates, key clients include Frews and HEB Construction.
While Brett continues to keep a close eye on mobile screening and crushing operations, along with environmental compliance, Alan leads the mechanical and engineering staff at the company’s Aylesbury workshop.
Southern Screenworks moved into this purpose-built workshop in 2013 and also operates its own quarry at Aylesbury with a full range of products for sale including base courses, boulders, sand and soil.
The company’s team, which has trebled in size to 30 since the early years, currently includes an A grade Certificate of Competence (CoC) holder and three B grade CoC holders.
Along with directors Brett and Alan, Southern Screenworks has a management team in place to support its employees. Health and safety plays a big part in daily operations.
Southern Screenworks is focused on ensuring it delivers services in a safe and productive way through comprehensive site environmental and health and safety management plans, supported with site specific safety plans.
Meanwhile, Screenworks is also trying to make a difference in the community through its support for the Air Rescue Trust.
Following the loss of Brett’s wife, Alison, the company has been seeking donations to build a Screenworks’ Contractors Support Crew. Screenworks and Air Rescue are thankful for the generous pledges received to date.