Agribusiness & Food

Nelson Silos’ focus on further fabrication

The Australian-based manufacturer has expanded its factories to keep up with demand – and plans to continue growing.

The Australian-based manufacturer has expanded its factories to keep up with demand – and plans to continue growing.

Australia’s east coast is heading into another year of good rainfall, three years on from the drought.

With conditions continuing to improve, agricultural producers are looking to expand their storage capacity and grow their businesses.

Eric Nelson, managing director at Nelson Silos, said that with farmers and bulk handlers reinvesting into silos, his company needed to expand to keep up.

“Last year we saw record-breaking harvests across the country,” he said. “And with the current uncertainty in Ukraine, Australian grain prices are expected to hold at this level for another two years.

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“We’re a privately-owned business, which means we can be agile and respond to the market. That’s why we’ve been quick to expand our factories.”

Major upgrades have been made to the company’s facility in Rochester, Victoria, including the installation of a new spray booth. 

The spray booth is large enough to paint two fully assembled silos and can apply the internal coatings required for superphosphate or lime storage silos. The booth has been up and running for the past year and has improved the speed at which the manufacturer can deliver its silos.

To further improve its effectiveness, Nelson Silos is further upgrading the spray booth with a heating unit. This will ensure that the paint is applied at 22°C, which improves adhesion, finish and curing time.

The company is also planning to install a similar-sized grit-blasting booth. The booth means grit blasting can be performed indoors and better prepares the silo for the painting process. 

Nelson said the company’s larger clients insist on grit blasting for industrial silos.

“They need a high-quality paint finish when working with abrasive or corrosive materials,” he said.

“Farmers are also looking to get the best possible quality from their silos, as they want their investments to last as long as possible.”

Silos produced at the company’s facilities in Rochester and Parkes, New South Wales, are joined together and assembled while larger silos are split into two or three pieces for shipping. This is done to reduce the amount of time required for installation on-site.

These silos are shipped across the country with Nelson Silo’s fleet of heavy-duty trucks, which has also been expanded. The company has purchased three new large Mack trucks – one of which is a superliner – and has bought a new low loader to transport steel between its factories.

It has also just ordered a second A-double trailer for longer hauls from its Parkes factory to customers in northern NSW and southern Queensland.

Nelson said these regions are major growth areas for the business.

“There’s a big demand for these silos there,” he said. “Larger companies are starting to re-evaluate expansions in the future and recent issues with global supply chains have highlighted how important it is to buy local.”

He adds that the increased capacity has proved popular among existing clients.

“We’ve had many customers come back to us for repeat orders,” Nelson said. 

“Our aim is to be able to build several large silos for multiple customers at the same time, which is why we’re looking to keep expanding.” 

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