Concrete company sets the slab for $10m state-of-the-art plant

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By Melissa Keogh

Adelaide’s leading independent pre-mixed concrete supplier is months away from opening a state-of-the-art wet batch plant that will help cement the company as a “supplier of choice” in the South Australian market.

The 38-year-old local business, Hallett Concrete, is expecting to open its $10m plant in Mile End in Adelaide’s inner west by September/October, creating about 15 new jobs.

The company considers the wet batch plant to be an SA-first as it will have a production capacity of 180m3 per hour, and will reduce its waste and impact on the environment.

Wet batch cement plants allow for the cement to be mixed at a single, central location before being hauled to the job site in a mixer truck.

A dry batch plant, on the other hand, involves all the materials and water being discharged into a truck, which then mixes the cement during transportation to the job site.

Wet batch plants are seen to create a more consistent mixture within a short space of time and are understood to have a lesser impact on the environment due to dust being contained at the plant.

Hallett Concrete’s cement mixers can be spotted on major road infrastructure upgrades in Adelaide.

Hallett Concrete general manager Nigel Waterhouse says the Mile End facility will become the company’s flagship plant.

He says Hallett’s growth has been driven by the state’s burgeoning infrastructure industry, with major road projects such as Adelaide’s North-South Corridor upgrade increasing demand.

“We can see that SA is a growing economy in this industry and we want to be a part of it,” Nigel says.

“That’s why we’re employing more people, putting on (five) more trucks, and building a new concrete plant with new technology and … less impact to the environment.”

Nigel says the new plant will service the CBD region, as well as the inner western and southern suburbs.

He says recent road infrastructure projects, such as the Darlington Upgrade Project (3.3km of South Road at Darlington), are better worked on at night to reduce disruption to traffic.

“We can see that with those roads we need to do a lot of night works, so we need to have a place with the capability of doing 24-hour works,” he says.

“So moving further down the track, we’re looking at doing more night works which have less impact on transport and commuters during the day.”

Hallett Concrete’s mobile plant at Darlington.

The Darlington Upgrade Project – part of the North South Corridor upgrade – is one of the largest concrete delivery projects in the state.

Other projects that Hallett has poured its cement into include the recently opened The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, the Torrens to Torrens roadway and the Nyrstar metals processing plant at Port Pirie.

Other clients include ALDI supermarket distribution centres, and residential building companies such as fellow SA business Fairmont Homes.

Part of the MSP Group of companies, Hallett Concrete employs 120 people across its sites at Dry Creek, Elizabeth, McLaren Vale, Port Pirie and Strathalbyn, as well as across its mobile plant operations.

Concept plans for the mile End wet batch plant.

“We’re constantly growing,” Nigel says.

He says Hallett Concrete chooses to operate in SA because of the amount of work on offer.

“Our company was born and bred in SA and we choose to operate here to be part of the state’s exception growth prospects,” Nigel says.

“We want to continue to be the leading concrete supplier of choice in the SA market.

“We have great faith in the customers and the people of SA.”

Visit I Choose SA for Industry to learn more stories about key industry leaders, why they’ve chosen SA as a base and how the state is enabling them to succeed.

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