Wilf Coombridge started making fence concrete posts and farm gates for local farmers back in the 1940’s after farming himself and seeing a need. Fences evolved into hay elevators, after purchasing his first welder and premises in 1952, a range of steel based machinery followed.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing, with peaks and troughs closely following the dairy payout over the years. Early days were hindered by a factory flattened in the 1948 tornado that tore through Frankton, then the factory was again significantly damaged, this time by fire in 1950.
Three generations later, Coombridge & Alexander now control the complete design and manufacturing process of a sought after range of SAM Machinery. The range is very popular throughout New Zealand and also exported offshore.
General Manager, Dave Meade was previously a dairy farmer and intricately understands the demands on a farmer's time and the importance of reliability, “At C&A we believe your SAM equipment should last through the years, which is why our products are designed and made right here in NZ with the very best materials we can find, backed up by exceptional service”.