Renfrey turns 40

On 1 April 1974, Renfrey Director Kevin Renfrey bought the eighth excavator in South Australia and started out as an owner/operator. Today the company employs approximately 55 people and its fleet consists of 30 tonne (t) and 40 t articulated dump trucks, 938-988 wheel loaders and integrated tool carriers, D6-D10 dozers, 20-67 t excavators, 12H-16H graders, rock breakers, and 27 kilolitre (kL) and 38 kL water trucks.

Renfrey has also established a subsidiary company, Renex Equipment, which supplies Rammer hammers, wheel cocks, fire suppression units, rollover protection, in-vehicle monitoring systems and hand rails.

Renfrey’s experience dates back to the 1970s with involvement on the Moomba to Adelaide Pipeline. Since then, Renfrey has crossed the country supplying plant and operators to remote projects, including the Daly Waters to McArthur River Pipeline in the Northern Territory, Wareena and Mereenie flow lines in Queensland and NT respectively, and associated pipeline infrastructure for metropolitan projects such as the Adelaide Desalination Plant and North-South Interconnection System Project in SA.

The company now occupies its third depot, a purpose-built facility located in Wingfield, Adelaide, and it recently opened a satellite depot in the Cooper Basin to service the oil and gas industry in this area.

When asked what he thought was the key to long-term success in the Australian pipeline industry, Mr Renfrey said, “Be fair, respect your employees, treat your suppliers with the same respect you treat your clients, be a brand buyer and be active and contribute to your industry”.

The team at Renfrey would like to thank everybody who has contributed to its first 40 years and looks forward to working within the Australian pipeline industry for many years to come.

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