New premises bring increased efficiencies

New premises bring increased efficiencies
Foot Engineering manufactures custom-built decks for utes and trucks and truck mounted crane decks.

Foot Engineering has moved premises in an expansion of the business, which has been in operation for over 40 years. Shifting from the Penrose site, where the company had been based for 28 years, to 13 Rakino Way, Mt Wellington has resulted in increased efficiencies in a number of areas, says general manager Geoff Foot.“We’ve gone from 1100sqm of workshop space to 1600sqm with a mezzanine office area of nearly 300sqm.
We have two yards and two entrances so can separate the ute deck and heavy truck deck aspects of the business better. “Having a 12m high stud in the workshop has allowed us to double the number of cranes to four and meant we can lift projects over other projects to get them out the door to the client faster,” he explains.Foot Engineering was started in 1977 by Geoff’s father John.
Geoff worked as an apprentice as a fitter welder in the business, quickly moving to a supervisor role which he held for 12 years before purchasing the company in 1999. Two years ago Geoff sold the business to Michael and Dana Hammonds. He remains fully entrenched in the business and continues to manage Foot Engineering in partnership with them.
Foot Engineering manufactures custom built decks for utes and trucks and truck mounted crane decks. A point of difference is that each deck is specially manufactured for the client’s vehicle and requirements – no off the shelf solutions. Geoff says it is the experience offered by Foot Engineering that makes the difference.
“We have staff that have been working here for over 30 years. That’s a lot of skill and expertise,” he says.Quality is another important aspect. A lifetime guarantee is offered on the structural frame galvanised steel deck and a three year/100 000km warranty on flooring.
Foot Engineering uses Vitex (a hardwood from the Solomon Islands), which it has specially made into a shiplap form for added strength. Geoff says the decks have plenty of support with smaller spaces between the planks resulting in durability and strength that is hard to beat.
The decks also come with a heavy duty headboard for better cab safety and protection and multiple tie down points on side rails for enhanced load security. There are heavy duty tail-light protectors, galvanised mudguards and reinforced, galvanised side-boards and tailgate.
Foot Engineering also offers a large selection of accessories such as nudge bars, ladder racks, tool boxes, roof racks etc.Geoff says the team at Foot Engineering comes up with dynamic and innovative solutions to create a deck tailored to client’s individual needs.
“Our team are highly experienced and have the knowledge and experience to advise on the details, and it is these details that can make the vehicle and deck easier for the operator to use and create efficiencies saving people time and money over the long term. Drivers and operators tell us they actually enjoy using the deck and equipment,” he says.Customers have shown long term loyalty to the business.
The first ute deck the company ever built was for Industrial Waste Collections, now known as Waste Management, which is still a customer to this day.“We pride ourselves on understanding our customers’ needs and providing a solution that meets them. We offer unbeatable service to clients right around New Zealand.”
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