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Waikato Business News February/March 2018

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22 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS February/March 2018 Foster Group launches Foster Engineering The Foster Group has recently launched Foster Engineering, a mechanical engineering service that specialises in architectural design and finishing. Born out of a concept that grew very quickly, Foster Engineering has become a significant player in their field in a very short time. Initially a division of Foster Transport under engineering manager Brad Wade, Foster Engineering began in 2014. Within four months, the oneman-band became two with the addition of contractor engineer Tim Walker. Roll on another four months, and Tim was permanently employed as the second engineering manager. There’s now a team of six, including four qualified engineers and design engineer Dean KEY SERVICES • In-house fabrication in aluminium, stainless and mild steel • In-house design and engineering • Installation • Sheetmetal fabrication in all materials • Seismic strengthening • Structural and architectural welding Fletcher. Brad attributes the quick growth to being part of the Foster Group. “Thanks to the reputation of Foster, added to the experience of Foster Construction and Foster Maintain, we have quickly found a niche as a specialised engineering service with plenty of demand for the finer products we can design and fabricate out of steel.” They can make anything. “Yes, we can fabricate anything and everything from steel” says Tim Walker. “The difference is that, although we can do your standard jobs, we specialise in projects that require finesse – that high-quality finish required in residential and commercial design solutions.” Using design and engineering software SolidWorks, with the guidance of design engineer Dean Fletcher, Foster Engineering can design, fabricate and install any sort of steel product. They work mainly with aluminium, stainless steel and mild steel and have done numerous highly technical bespoke jobs, many of them designed from the clients’ concept of briefs. Examples include a bag handler for Millennium Plastics, a kitchen extractor hood for Te Rapa Racecourse and a finely detailed staircase for the Hamilton (LDS) Temple. Tim adds that lot of their jobs are a result of crazy architectural design – and they enjoy the challenge of making something that’s not just practical, it’s crafted. They have a fully functional workshop. Foster Engineering boasts cutting and pressing capabilities up to 3m long (to a maximum of 6mm thick) and a lathe with a qualified machinist. Their team of welders are all certified. In addition to the bespoke work, they do lots of structural and architectural welding. And help with seismic strengthening alongside Foster Maintain. Not only do they produce high-quality, they can do quantity too. Foster Engineering recently produced 300 steel lab benches for Hill Laboratories new Duke Street premises, built by Foster Construction. They also joined forces with Foster Construction on the Visy building at Hamilton Airport. Here they fabricated three custom mezzanine floors out of structural steel, plus 53 2m by 1m safety rails which are located along all access ways throughout the building. Foster Engineering designed and built a 9m long scrap paper conveyor system for Visy too. At the Te Rapa Racecourse, Foster Engineering was contracted to make and install all the stainless steel benches in the commercial kitchen and dishwashing area, in addition to the bespoke extractor hood. Their work is also evident in the Fosters Lounge on Level 3, as well as in the steel handrailing which lines the interior staircases and exterior balcony on the same level. The finishing touch, ‘The Fosters Lounge’ decorative sign, was also done by them. Adam Findlay, construction manager at Foster Construction has high praise for the abilities of the new Foster Engineering team: “Foster Engineering have proven to be an asset to Foster Construction with their professionalism, expertise and willingness to go the extra mile in creating a solution for whatever situation arises. “Be it working in stainless steel or mild steel, they produce finely engineered solutions that we’re proud to include in our work.” For jobs that require practical thinking, great design and a high-quality finish, get in touch with the team at Foster Engineering on 07 849 3849. Run They say that t gets the worm case of the D Uniforms Ham Marathon, all early bir ter before the 30th Ap a discount entry to th There is plenty of t training for the event at Flagstaff Park and t on Sunday 8th Octob

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS February/March 2018 23 New cars thanks to Ingham True Colours Children’s Health Trust received an early Christmas present last year, when Ingham presented the Hamilton based charity with four brand new Mitsubishi Mirage cars. for the kids Ingham has had a close relationship with True Colours for a number of years but wanted to do more for the organisation. Partnering up with sponsors Elektron Group Ltd, Oil Changers Hamilton, Schick, and PJ Panel & Paint, Ingham decided the best way they could support True Colours was with a fleet of new vehicles for the True Colours clinical team. “We are absolutely thrilled that Ingham and the other sponsors have wanted to support us in this very tangible way” says Cynthia Ward, True Colours CEO. “The cars look amazing, and it is good to know our team are in safe reliable vehicles as they travel around the greater Waikato region supporting children with serious health conditions and their families.” True Colours Children’s Health Trust is a Waikato based, 100% community-funded organisation committed to supporting seriously ill children, their whānau and community during their time of need through counselling, nursing care and education. he early bird , and in the irect Group ilton Half A keen ds that regisril will receive is year’s event. ime to start which is held akes place er. The event offers something for everyone, from the Half Marathon, shorter 10km and 5km options which you can run or walk and do as an individual or have shown their grandson and as part of extended a team, family. along with a Kids Dave sets off from Cambridge, Challenge. and will visit a total There of are a Commando 23 towns finishing at True Colours range of training in Hamilton programs on the 13th available on the March. Direct He will Group be helped Uniforms out along the way by local Lions Hamilton Clubs, Half and Marathon will be easy to website spot to in his specially designed cycle help participants prepare for the Dave’s Cycle Tour cyclist for the past 25 years, Dave Clay will embark on his most important ride to date come the 2nd March. The ride dubbed “Dave’s Cycle Tour will see Dave cover nearly 900km as he cycles his way around the Waikato and Coromandel areas. The cycle tour is in support of True Colours Children’s Health Trust, a Waikato organisation that has supported Dave and wife Louise’s young grandson Hadleigh as he faces many ongoing health challenges. The ride is their way of giving something back to True Colours, for the support they shirt thanks to support from Craigs Investment Partners and Cleland Hancox Ltd. If you would like to support Dave and his cycle tour you can do so via a Give A Little Page ( davescycletour) and on Facebook “DAVES CYCLE TOUR FOR TRUE COLOURS” Dave and Louise Clay with Tony Young, Helen Yates and Leean Bedwell from Cleland Hancox Limited. or choice of distance. This year the event will be supporting True Colours Children’s Health Trust. True Colours is a Waikato charity that supports seriously ill children and their families through counselling, childbased therapies, education and nursing. True Colours CEO and Nurse Specialist Cynthia Ward is excited to be aligned to such an iconic Hamilton event. “It is a great family event, and we are looking forward to being involved in the day. The kids we support face so many incredibly hard challenges every day with such bravery and determination. This event will also challenge many and we would love entrants to set themselves a challenge to RUN FOR THE KIDS and help raise funds for True Colours.” A Give A Little Page has been Jon Tanner and Anna Cleaver from Craigs Investment Partners, join Sarah Ulmer and Dave and Louise Clay as the tour cycle shirts are revealed. set up so entrants can fundraise for True Colours as part of the event. amazing holiday for 2 to Australia’s Sunshine Coast valued at $4000. True Colours is 100% community funded and needs to raise around $450,000 a year to run its service. To register for the event visit Colours at Proudly supported by Waikato Business News and INSPO-Fitness Journal

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