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Drummond and Etheridge - John Deere

7 November 2011

Worldwide demand for commodity goods and a boom in export prices has had a flow-on effect for Christchurch business Drummond and Etheridge. The award winning John Deere dealership is experiencing unprecedented demand, and is delighted to be on the cusp of moving the business to a site over two times larger than their current premises in Templeton.

Matt Galbraith says the move to Izone will mean an increase in the 25-30 staff already employed. "It's hard to say exactly how many more staff we'll need, but we're certainly looking at more technicians for our workshop and undoubtedly take on more salespeople once we move in.

"The new site is around 15,000 square metres, compared with the 6,000 square metres we're on now. Just driving past the current premises, you can see we're absolutely jam-packed. We've recently invested $7 million in our Ashburton site, and we're looking forward to being able to provide the same sort of presentation to our Central and North Canterbury clients."

Although at least a year away, Drummond and Etheridge will eventually take up residence on the high-profile Izone gateway site between Jones Road and Hoskyns Road. "A sea of green and yellow tractors and agricultural machinery will be the main feature of that stretch of highway in the near future," smiles Matt. "Probably just as well we beat the Aussies in the rugby!"