NZ Dairy Summer 2021

| 111 nzdairy Shed builder embodies Kiwi made ethos Waikato Shed Company’s products are made from New Zealand steel and manufactured locally. Karen Phelps The pandemic has made farmers realise the value of buying Kiwi made, says Waikato Shed Company general manager Jason Davis. “Before Covid-19 people just wanted the cheapest price. Now they are starting to realise that New Zealand made has many advantages like higher quality products, great back up and support and, most importantly in these Covid times, fewer supply chain issues. People also like knowing that they are supporting local industry and manufacturers,” he says. Waikato Shed Company’s products are made from New Zealand steel and manufactured locally. As part of a franchise it has the backing of New Zealand’s largest supply chain in Fletcher Building. “With 16 years experience we have contacts for everything from concrete and site works to architects and draughts-people for internal drawings of bathrooms, sleepouts and fully habitable spaces. We offer a full suite of services including helping with council consents,” says Jason. Waikato Shed Company can design sheds for a variety of uses on the farm including storing implements, machinery and equipment, horse arenas, animal shelters, for workshops and even housing. People also store items such as boats, caravans and other vehicles. The sheds can be used for commercial or residential applications making them a great option for farm worker accommodation or a stylish family home or sleepout. Importantly Waikato Shed Company doesn’t just churn out dozens of sheds built to the same size and spec. Each shed is custom designed to fit the specific brief given by the client. Because designs are not based on a restrictive modular system the company’s unique software package allows it to make adjustments in 10mm increments. Wall heights of up to 7m and clear spans of up to 35m are possible. Quality is foremost. Because the sheds are made in New Zealand and Waikato Shed Company has control over the product from beginning to end it can offer a comprehensive guarantee. RURAL SERVICES » Waikato Shed Company Waikato Shed Company doesn’t just churn out dozens of sheds built to the same size and specifications. “Only residential grade aluminium joinery and COLORSTEEL cladding is used in all of our sheds,” explains Jason. “Our sheds are designed to last 50 years plus. While most of our competitors will quote Building Importance Level 1 (used for buildings people won’t live in), at a minimum we use Building Importance Level 2 (used for residential, commercial and industrial buildings) for all of our sheds. This means they are built to a higher standard, are stronger and have the flexibility for the client to change the way the shed is used in the future. This is particularly important for our rural clients who might decide, for example, to convert their shed into farm accommodation in the future. This means when people buy a Waikato Sheds Company building they know they are investing in something that will last, an asset.” Jason says farmers know that investing in a high quality sheds delivers dividends: sheds protect important farm equipment reducing downtime and maintenance costs. A well designed shed can also enhance work flow and enables employers to get more done in their day as well as making the farm a great place to work, attracting the best employees as a result. Jason says Waikato Shed Company has been busy building all over the region with turnover increasing nearly 50% in the past year. “Farmers are ready to invest in their operations and we are ready to help.” COVERTEK Roof Underlays AUSMESH Roof Safety Mesh Covering the roof… Ausmesh is a durable fall safety mesh for industrial buildings that acts as a support for our range of premium synthetic roofing underlays and foils. All over the windows and walls… Our range of premium BRANZ appraised wall wraps combined with Thermakraft window flashing tapes, joining tapes and penetration seals keep moisture out and let water vapour escape. Right down to the ground… Thermathene damp proof membrane with Supercourse and Perimeter damp proof courses prevent rising ground moisture. We’re supporting Waikato Sheds with fully integrated weathertight solutions that keep your building drier, safer and more thermally efficient. VIEW OUR COMPLETE RANGE OF PRODUCTS 0508 KONNECT (566 632) | KONNECTFASTENINGSYSTEMS.CO.NZ KONNECT FASTENING SYSTEMS ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT WAIKATO SHEDS IN SUPPLYING STRUCTURAL FIXINGS TO SUPPORT THEIR PROJECTS ACROSS AUCKLAND