Thinking small a big bonus

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SOMETIMES a little is just enough, which is why Allied Materials Ltd has some firm fans among home DIYers and tradespeople.
There had been a recent rise in popularity of the easy-to-carry, wheelbarrow-sized bags of gravel and aggregates, operations manager Ross McCallum said.
The bags were popular when smaller amounts of material were required to fill in errant potholes, landscape small sections, or for use by tradespeople for finishing work, he said.
Perhaps better known for keeping people warm with firewood, coal and lignite supplies, Allied Materials also supplies bulk lots of landscaping and gardening materials, including different grades, colours and sizes of gravel and dunite.
Gravel is sourced from its Oreti Beach plant, and dunite from its Greenhills quarry.
Making sure they took care of customers wanting small volumes of material had been part of Allied Materials’ philosophy since it was established by the late John Purdue almost 23 years ago, Mr McCallum said.
Mr Purdue started the business in its current location in 1994, after it outgrew its humble beginnings as gravel bins at the rear of his truck transport yard in Nith St.
In 1995, Mr Purdue and Southern Transport Ltd amalgamated their gravel and aggregate services at the Allied Materials site.
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