By Kim Bowden, Central App.
Central Otago backyards are in safe hands with two local specialist construction companies set to collaborate to produce top-quality wooden trellising.
Heavy Duty Trellis, owned by Central Otago businessman Shane Norton, has teamed up with Wedgerwood Joinery of Alexandra.
Experts at their game for more than quarter of a century, Wedgerwood will make products under contract for Heavy Duty Trellis.
Shane said Kiwis loved outdoor living and his fencing, screening, windbreaks, shade options, and garden features such as gates, archways and pergolas helped them make the most of their outdoor spaces.
And business was booming.
Shane had been working as a one-man band - sorting quotes, making the trellis products and installing them.
But the time was right to take his business to “the next level”.
Teaming up with Wedgerwood meant more premium products and more happy customers, he said.
Taking advantage of the skills and expertise of Wedgerwood’s crew of joiners, plus the machinery on offer at its Ngapara St factory, one of the largest in the Central Otago-Southern Lakes Region, was a no-brainer, he said.
“Customers can be totally confident that this great product is being made by top-quality tradesman.”
Keeping production local for a local market was also an important point of difference for Heavy Duty Trellis, he said.
“Our climate is so different from anywhere else.”
Central Otago demanded outdoor gear that could withstand some of the coldest winters and hottest summers the country could throw at them - Wedgerwood understood that, he said.