W. Rietveld Ltd is a family-run business established by Mr Bill Rietveld and his wife Alida in the 1950's. At the time, the company traded mainly in war and government surplus plant and equipment. It was not unusual to see army tents and trucks sharing the same yard as ex-council buses and other pieces of machinery. Dismantling work was also undertaken. Massive jobs like the Alexandra gold dredge in the 1960's, and many a boiler has been removed over the years.
In the early days Bill ran the company from a few different sites around Kaikorai valley and Burnside until settling into the old Mornington rock and sand quarry on Stone Street. Here Bill built the workshop, office and storage building that are still used today.
In the 1980's the next generation of Rietveld’s started to make their influence. Firstly, Tom Rietveld, and a few years later, Chris Rietveld. Along came new challenges and work, such as dismantling railway locomotives and machinery from many company and government department closures. In the early 90's Bill stepped down from the running of the company and Tom stepped up as manager, while Chris maintained all the equipment they sold and kept the goods moving in and out of the gate. They also had a full time worker (Tony Bain) who did most of the dismantling and processing of inward goods.
As the company grew so did the stock, so they ended up buying the old McSkimming brickworks yard and buildings around 1990. This was a big job in itself, to get the most storage, they needed to strip out all the old kilns etc. Both the yard and buildings are pretty full but Chris arranges all the equipment neatly so it doesn’t take long to get things out once sold.
We have some old photos in our historical gallery which you can view here.
Over the last few years there have been quite a few new things happened to the company. Daniel Rietveld (Tom’s Son) has joined the company and works alongside Tom with the day to day running of the company. The company has been moving into the 21st century by utilising online trading over Trade Me, Facebook and they recently started a new web site.
Bill Rietveld and his wife Alida are still involved with the company, Bill still buys goods at auctions and comes into the yard from time to time to see how things are going and Alida still types up all the invoices.
There are now a total of five full time workers, Tom, Chris, Daniel, Tony and Nick (who joined the company in the last couple years). Our main focus these days is industrial machinery - both second hand, and new surplus. We have over 4 hectares of land and dry storage. Our stock comes from factory updates, surplus from large projects and any industry that likes to recycle used plant.