Significant investment . . . Truck driver John MacDonald (left) and site foreman Colin Whipp stand at the site of Road Metals' new workshop and office development. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN

Oamaru will always be considered ‘‘home’’ for Road Metals.

The crushing and aggregate supply company was established in the North Otago town 67 years ago, and managing director Murray Francis said its new office and workshop development at the northern entrance of Oamaru was a demonstration of its commitment to the area for another 67 years.

Mr Francis said Road Metals planned to move its Oamaru base from Caledonian Rd to the new purpose-built 3000sq m premises on State Highway 1, just north of the North Oamaru

Business Park. Kiwi Concrete, which is part of the Road Metals group, would also move from its Regina Lane base to the new site, he said.

The company had been looking for a new site with better access and visibility, and wanted to combine its operations with Kiwi Concrete.

While Mr Francis would not disclose the total cost of the construction project, he described it as a ‘‘significant’’ investment.

New development . . . Concept plans for Road Metals’ new workshop and office development at the northern entrance of Oamaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Project manager George Kelcher said the building pad was brought up to height last week, and power lines running past the entrance were moved under ground.

Work to develop the entrance would get under way this month, the foundations would start being laid later in February, or early March, and Mr Kelcher expected the project would be completed by the end of the year.

Road Metals was established by the late Stan Francis, Mr Francis’ father, in 1955 as North Otago Road Metal.

Since then, the company has expanded to Christchurch, Twizel, Kaikoura, and Central Otago and now employs more than 200 staff across the South Island, including about 50 in Oamaru.

The name was changed to Road Metals in the early ’90s to reflect the more widespread nature of the company’s work.

‘‘We’ve certainly been spreading our wings,’’ Mr Francis said.

But its roots in Oamaru still run deep.

‘‘We do regard Oamaru as our home, because that’s where we started from.’’