Growth in food and beverage prompts engineering firm to buy stainless steel plant
Martin De Ruyter / Tips
Kernohan Engineerings Managing Director Paul Miller outside Marine & Industrial. Kernohans bought out the long-standing port activity.
Nelson’s booming food industries prompted a local engineering firm to take over a stainless steel maker.
Kernohan Engineering purchased Marine and Industrial Stainless Engineering (M&I) in June, adding its five employees to its current 40.
M&I was part of the Nalder and Biddle suite of companies and was purchased by then-director Paul Liebezeit in 2013. Liebezeit remains with the company for a period of transition.
Chief Executive Officer Paul Miller said the move positions the company to help serve the sustainable food, water and power sectors in the future.
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The development of the Cawthron Institute’s National Algae Research Center, and the proposed science and technology center in Port Nelson, meant that there were opportunities ahead for engineering companies to serve developing industries, a t -he declares.
“We see the need to focus more on renewable food, water and electricity, and we believe that an engineering company can play an important role in this transition. “
Once the systems and technology were developed, engineering firms had to be positioned to provide the necessary infrastructure.
“When it comes to operations on a commercial scale, you need to have these services around to make it a reality… the theme of this continued investment will be focused on supporting renewable industries with a particular focus on food. , water and electricity. “
The acquisition of the stainless steel business brought additional skills and space to the company.
While the company was already meeting food and water needs, it planned to expand into solar and renewable energy, he said.
“We see this is something happening nationally and globally already, but one of the barriers to implementation in Nelson will be the ability to install and operate that scale.”
It was vital that engineering companies focused on sustainability and adaptation as technology evolved, he said.
“What we provide are the skills to keep the factories going, so that won’t change, but the types of factories we operate in will change. This applies to Kernohan and other engineering companies.
The company is also committed to maintaining its positive climate status – by offsetting 120% of its emissions through Ekos’ carbon offset program, he said.