The nuts and bolts of the operation

Callaghan Concrete Pumps, based at Silverdale in western Sydney, has been supplying high quality concrete pumps to the industry for nearly 20 years. The company relies on the quality service and support of The WDS Group for the extensive range of fasteners it uses.

Brian Callaghan grew up around concrete pumps. His father owned and operated a concrete pump hire and manufacturing business that commenced in the early ‘80s. Brian joined the family business in 1988 and along with his sister ran the hire side of the business until 2003 when he and his wife decided to branch out on their own.

After his father quit manufacturing his own concrete pumps in 1995, he moved on to importing them from Korea, which is what Brian continued to do after starting his own business.

“We do the truck fit-ups and the servicing work and we also do dry hire of stationary placing booms, which are similar to a tower crane, that are set up to supply the concrete for buildings then disassembled when the construction is complete,” Brian says.

“We also do a fair bit of maintenance work as well – which is where WDS comes in. We use a lot of fasteners and associated equipment that they supply.”

Brian says his father started buying fasteners from WDS back in the ‘80s and the high quality of the products and service he received meant he stayed loyal to the company, which is located at Wetherill Park. It’s a loyalty Brian has been more than satisfied to continue.

“WDS has always been good to us, getting us what we need as quickly as possible and sourcing odd items and odd thread sizes for us that are not easy to find,” he says.

“They definitely go out of their way to help us and we’ve maintained a great relationship with them over the years.”

Brian employs 18 people in total, including administration and workshop staff, and there are usually between one and two new trucks being kitted out with new concrete pumps at any given time. In addition, there are usually two or three trucks being serviced.

The company works closely with its customers to provide a product that’s tailor made for their needs, using whatever brand of truck they choose.

Brian says a lot of the smaller pumps are fitted to Isuzu, Fuso or Hino trucks while the larger ones are usually installed on DAF, Mercedes-Benz or Volvo 8×4 trucks.

“DAF has a concrete pump spec cab chassis which has nine-tonne rated steer axles and a 24-tonne rated tandem drive which makes it ideally suited to the larger concrete pump applications which have a gross weight of up to 40 tonnes,” Brian says.

As the workload picks up following the Covid lull of last year, Brian says his company will continue to draw on the expertise of The WDS Group to supply all its fastening needs.

“They’re a great company to deal with and they’ve always been able to supply exactly what we need – on time, every time and at a fair price,” Brian says. “You can’t ask for any more than that.”