HARDI makes a big impression with its Adelaide factory27 May 2018
HARDI Australia recently had the pleasure of welcoming a pair of spray contracting Kiwis to its production facility in Adelaide.
Trevor Hutchinson and his partner Louise own Plateau Sprayers Ltd, which offers spraying and earthmoving services to farmers around their home base of Taupo. While not strictly HARDI customers – Trev and Lou build up their own rigs on a fleet of Mercedes, Scania and Isuzu trucks – they have always fitted HARDI booms since buying their business 10 years ago.
They find HARDI’s steel booms especially durable in the tough local conditions, and welcome the expertise of a global sprayer specialist.
Trev and Lou’s territory includes Taupo, the Southern Waikato, Rotorua, and east towards Rangitaiki. That means Plateau Sprayers need to service a mix of dairy, sheep, and beef farmers, as well as lucerne and winter crop growers.
Varied terrain, changeable weather and the constant demands of contract spraying all take a heavy toll on spray booms. So HARDI’s belt-and-braces approach of high-strength steel engineering with zinc phosphate protection and powder coat finish ensures long-lasting value and performance for Plateau Sprayers.
After winning their HARDI-sponsored trip to South Australia in the Heartland Bank Charity Auction at last year’s Rural Contractor conference, Trevor and Louise were hugely impressed by the company’s 15,000 m2 of facilities and the amount of manufacturing actually done on-site.
Along with constructing spray booms, HARDI builds and tests a full range of sprayers on its 10 hectare campus – from linkage sprayers and orchard mistblowers right up to the giant, self-propelled Rubicon 9000.
The company currently employs 101 welders, engineers, warehousing and admin staff in Adelaide.
Still Trevor and Louise didn’t spend their entire holiday admiring HARDI sprayer production! They also managed to enjoy the Adelaide region’s more traditional attractions and a drive along the famous Great Ocean Road – before getting back to business on the volcanic plateau.