Kiwi buyers roll on up for Wakely mills
Louth-based Wakely Engineering has loaded one of its roller mills into a container destined for the other side of the world and has orders to send two more.
The firm has been in business since the early 1980s, producing mills for a range of industries including those manufacturing agricultural feed, alcoholic beverages and food.
According to managing director Phelim Wakely some 70pc of the firm's sales come from overseas markets, including those in Britain, Denmark and Latvia.
The firm also recently cracked New Zealand, after their first customer from the southern hemisphere nation saw Wakely products at the Highland Show in Scotland.
"We exhibit at a lot of shows in the UK, including the Cereals 2012 event coming up, and this customer happened to be visiting from New Zealand," said Mr Wakely.
"He wanted a product we could supply."
The firm's readiness and ability to build a product to suit the customer's own specifications sealed the deal.
The first machine to leave for New Zealand is a commercial specification 40-tonne/hr unit, and is destined for a farm-based feed supplier in Dunearn, on the South Island.