J Swap Contractors Ltd is a multi-diversified business based in Matamata.
The company had its beginnings in 1937 when Joe Swap started working for the farmers in the eastern Waikato. The company continues to do this – with many rural customer relationships going back several decades – under the direction of Joe’s sons David and Lewis.
The company has regularly added new business areas as opportunities have arisen, and the third generation of the family are part of a dynamic and varied business.
Today J Swap Contracting’s various but inter-related activities have made the company’s name well-known throughout New Zealand.
These activities include:
Contracting – Civil, Rural and Forestry
As the company grew the move into civil contracting was a natural one.
J Swap has worked on major civil construction projects, including the Matahina Dam in Eastern Bay of Plenty and the Tauranga toll road.
The company also has major forestry roading contracts in the central North Island and Bay of Plenty forests.
J Swap Contracting produces over a million tonnes of aggregate from quarries in the Waikato, King Country and Bay of Plenty. These quarries are able to supply a wide variety of aggregate – basecourses, sealing chip, fine drainage material, concrete aggregates, rail ballast, armour rock, sand and river gravel.
J Swap Contracting’s fleet of trucks, trailers, and specialised heavy transport equipment are central to the company’s various activities, as well as carrying out a variety of substantial contracts for a range of customers.
J Swap’s transport network is backed by bulk stores at Mt Maunganui, Matamata, Taranaki and Timaru/Dunedin. J Swap’s ability to store large quantities of goods and materials until they are required by the end user gives the company a considerable logistical advantage over other transport companies.
In recent years New Zealand’s dairy and beef farmers have required supplementary stockfoods to provide fundamental benefits for herds. J Swap Contracting’s combination of a large transport fleet and bulk storage was ideal for importing and distribution of palm kernel meal, soya bean meal and copra.