Te Puke’s economy is about to receive a $40 mln boost as DMS Progrowers Ltd has unveiled plans to double the size of its existing local operation. Construction is now underway on a brand new 5400 m² packhouse and four new coolstores at the company’s Te Matai Road site.
Image: DMS Progrowers Ltd
DMS CEO Derek Masters confirms Te Puke businesses and contractors will be used for the majority of the expansion project: "It’s important to look after your own. Te Puke builders, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists, earthmovers, lighting, fire systems, concrete and paneling supplies, along with utility and services’ installation and other professionals and trades, will be used in all cases. We strongly believe in keeping things local and supporting the businesses that are based right here in Te Puke."
As reported on sunlive.co.nz, DMS is the first post-harvest company since 2018 to build a completely new packhouse in the Bay of Plenty, as the region continues to produce record-breaking kiwifruit crops.