New plant brings big lift in production

New plant brings big lift in production
One of Byfords’ main income streams is basecourse and subbase roading material.

One of New Zealand’s largest mobile aggregate suppliers, Byfords Construction, based in the Rangitikei District for the past 55 years, is continuing to increase production thanks to a significant amount of new and modern plant and machinery.
Purchased by Graeme de Rose in 2014, a construction industry professional of some 50 years’ experience, Byfords has since increased production almost threefold in the last four years.
Graeme is now moving in to an overseer role as general manager Richard Apthorp has joined the company in October.
Byfords continues to guarantee delivery of the best quality aggregate solutions, taking pride in its provision of a personalised service that consistently delivers efficiency and reliability.
While production has increased, the modern equipment Graeme has invested in has allowed staff levels to remain the same, at 25.
“Our staff are all well trained people with a lot of expertise in the field,” Richard says. “We have five certified B Grade quarry managers, soon to be seven.
“Because our business model is about being flexible, and all our gear is transportable, it means we can go in five different directions and process aggregate all over the region.”
Byfords operates its own quarries throughout the central North Island, with 34 consents across 12 sites, allowing the company to produce all types of aggregate from basecourse to sealing chip, concrete aggregates to screened topsoil, big block for riprap, and sand to landscaping stones.
Material is provided from Byfords’ base in Taihape throughout the Central Plateau and the lower half of the North Island.
Byfords’s cartage division has four very recent trucks and trailers, all less than three years old, three of which are capable of carting large rock. All are capable of carting at least 25 tons of material.
Byfords is now putting more energy into chip production, a high specification material for our road surfaces which is well refined and produced at close tolerances.

New plant brings big lift in production
Byfords operates its own quarries throughout the central North Island, with 34 consents across 12 sites, allowing the company to produce all types of aggregate from basecourse to sealing chip, concrete aggregates to screened topsoil, big block for riprap, and sand to landscaping stones.

“We’ve got the gear that’s capable of making this stuff and we want to fully utilise it,” Richard says. One of Byfords’ main income streams is basecourse and subbase roading material.
Its transportable gear can be packed up and taken to where the need is, saving on trucking costs.
Byfords works for clients who have extracted their own resources, crushing it to their individual specifications. Byfords also runs a small construction crew which completes local civil and roading projects.
Its sister company Stringfellow Contractors is a civil engineering company located in the Manawatu. It completed NZTA projects, roading, drainage, and earthworks, and uses about 15% of the product produced by Byfords.”
Byfords is a member of the Aggregate and Quarry Association of New Zealand, and a number of its staff are set to attend the QuarryNZ annual conference at Stadium Southland in Invercargill in July.
“This is a great opportunity to talk to our peers, our colleagues, and other people in the industry, to get updates on what’s going on in the extractive side and also where machinery and plant are heading.”
This article was brought to you in association with the following businesses…

Related Posts