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About KB Contractors

35 years of experience in the industry

KB Contractors was established in 1985 by Kelvin Read and Brent Reid. KB Contractors specialise in trenchless technology using thrust boring equipment, directional drills, pipe ramming and in situ pipe bursting. As the company has grown and through demand, KB Contractors has expanded, purchasing other plant items such as conventional excavation equipment. 

KB Contractors maintain a staff of 50 qualified personnel to carry out a variety of projects which have included the installation and maintenace of Dunedin's gas and water reticulation and telecommunications networks and tender drainage work. 

Our team

Kelvin Read - Director

Originally a sales rep selling thrust boring machines, Kelvin established KB Contractors with Brent in 1985. When he didn't have much luck selling the machines, but had drummed up a lot of business from possible end users, Kelvin saw a hole in the market so approached Brent to go into business with him.

Over the past 30 years, KB Contractors has kept up with the changes in technology, specifically the trenchless technology. The company has diversified as demand has grown and this has seen KB Contractors expand into avenues such as drainage and subdivisions throughout Otago and Southland.

Kelvin says KB Contractors has built up a great working relationship with clients and the City and Regional councils over the years and is now known as a one stop shop to complete all types of projects. Over the next 10 years, Kelvin says the company will "stick to it's knitting" and grow and follow the demand where ever it goes. 

Kelvin is a keen fisherman and is still involved in motorcross, where he met Brent all those years ago. 

Brent Reid - Director

Prior to establishing KB Contractors with Kelvin in 1985, Brent was working in the structural steel industry and also worked on the family farm. 

Brent says KB Contractors' key strengths are the expertise they have on the trenchless technology side of the business. Their honesty and loyalty to all clients is shown with the great client base and repeat core group across Otago and Southland who keep coming back.

"The industry has moved very fast in the last 30 years, it's tough to know what will happen in the next 10" says Brent. The City Council will still need water and utilities upgraded or replaced but the telecommunications side could slow down. 

Brent enjoys his spare time and says it's good to have time away from work. He likes the big outdoors, hunting and fishing are top of the list, along with golf and rugby.

Danny van der Voort - Contract Manager

Danny has been part of the team at KB Contractors for six years, and prior to this worked at Delta where he completed a Diploma of Civil Engineering. As a Contract Manager, Danny's role at KB Contractors involves quoting work, liasing with engineers and project managing jobs from beginning to end.

Danny's interest in the roading and drainage industry comes from his Dad who worked for a similar company in Central Otago. He began labouring with his Dad and enjoyed the experience so has stuck with it ever since.

Danny says the strengths of KB Contractors are the different work methodologies and the trenchless technology which no one else in the area specialises in. He says the team are also great to work with and have years of experience under their belt.

In his spare time, Danny plays a lot of rugby and enjoys cricket, golf and hunting.

Ken Eaton - Contract Manager

Ken's been part of the furniture at KB Contractors for 15 years and prior to this, he worked in the telecommunications industry for 28 years, firstly at the Post Office, Telecom and then Downer. As a contract manager, Ken's role includes quoting jobs, assisting Trevor with administration and providing advice where required as a Licensed Building Practioner.

Ken really enjoys working with the KB Contractors team and says the camaraderie and the humour make it enjoyable to come work. Ken thinks the niche market which KB Contractors fits into with the directional drilling and the diverse range of work are their key strengths. 

A favourite piece of equipment for Ken is the jet vac. This high pressure water blaster is used for 'potholing' to check for underground utilities and is being used more and more now the new health and safety laws have come in to place. 

Mark Ratten - Contract Supervisor

Mark fell into the industry 25 years ago when he started work at the Musselburgh Pumping Station. Since then he's worked for the Dunedin City Council then City Care as a water and waste supervisor for 10 years, managing staff and dealing with the public. 

Mark joined the team at KB Contractors a year ago and his role includes going out on site, dealing wtih issues which the team have and generally "just keeping an eye on things". He says the strengths of KB Contractors are the knowledge and passion the team have for what they do and the new technology of the directional drilling which is a "wonderful piece of kit". 

Michelle Pennington - Office Administrator

Michelle Pennington joined our Team in September 2019 after 34 years of Banking.

Her role is Office Administrator

Michelle has a strong background in Customer Focus, Leading & Developing Staff.

She started at the Post Office in 1985 as a Service Consultant and retired in August 2019 as Branch Manager this is where she first met both Kelvin and Brent many years ago.

Michelle says she is really enjoying working with a great bunch of very knowledgeable staff at K B Contractors.