Local business patent pressure sealer success
MANY local businesses in the Goulburn Valley region are all about innovation, and many times this is shown through diversification of service offerings.
One such business that works directly to benefit the booming local primary consumer sector is Mick Hogan Excavations & Poly Irrigation.
Operating in the region for 16 years and adding to the local employment statistics by 27, Mick Hogan’s list of business operations is vast. From general excavation and earthmoving work, to a range of irrigation projects, as well as civil work such as sub-divisions and car parks.
But their innovation doesn’t stop there, with the business fabricating a new pressure seal irrigation riser, that they have patented in both the United States and Australia.
Mick Hogan Excavations & Poly Irrigation co-owner, Mark Langham said, “We have completed numerous large projects for the Water Efficiency Program and Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW). Examples of such are large scale poly underground pipelines in replacement of GMW spur channels and the upgrades of metering outlets from dethridge wheels to modernised meters.
“Our projects have also included large pipe and riser flood irrigation systems, the completion of stage 2 of a 44 lot sub division in Cobram, with stages 3 and 4 commencing in the near future.
“We also have a major upgrade to a storage dam and waste water facility at the ACM milk factory in Girgarre currently underway and have undertaken other projects including construction of driveway entrances and drainage works, construction of the main car park at the Mulwala Ski Club and the excavation and construction of a 20 Megalitre flood relief storage in Benalla to name a few.
“We are enthusiastic about our latest innovation; our pressure seal riser. This was designed due to continuous leakage problems that irrigators were having on pipe and riser systems. All riser outlets on the market were designed to seal from outside, whereas our patented design actually seals from the inside, completely alleviating these leakage issues.
“We have recently added an additional 14 foot ejector laser bucket fully equipped with GPS to the fleet. This has allowed us to offer on farm laser grading and paddock finishing, storage dam construction, and bulk earthmoving to the list of things we can offer.
“We believe that diversification leads to continued success of businesses. This has enabled our business to be somewhat of a one-stop-shop in some ways.
“Even though we are a multi-faceted business under one business name, our vision moving forward would be to develop the different aspects of the business into two areas. The irrigation aspect of the business and then the civil side of the business,” Mark said.