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PALMERSTON INDUSTRIES.

(»ROII OOR TRAVELLING REPORTER.) Palmerston embraces quite a large variety of local industries, some of them on an extensive scale «nd given the outlet, for their manufactures there is no place on the Coast that could surpass the promoters of these industries in the way of enterprise. One of the most enterprising firms is that j of Messrs Richster, Naustead and Co, the large mill-owners at Terrace End. They ow» two sawrmills— one at Palmerstou and the other at Taonui— and the Palmerston flourmills. The saw-mill at Terrace -End is filled up in the most efficient, manner, the plant including steam travelling benches andtwin instead of vertical saws for ripping up jfte log*. As the saw-dust accumulates it is drawn clear of the mill by means of elevators. The motive powtr is derived from a 28-horse-power engine and multitubular boiler made by Mills of Wellington, and built i\ a ooqorete bed. A lift has been erected for the purpose of shifting to tho frames, or from place to place, the huge logs received at the mill. , The boiler is supplied with water from a large taok reservoir, erected at considerable eleyation adjoining the engine room ; while this reservoir is iv tura filled from a well beneath, whence it is pumped. The dreaaing room contains a first-class planing machine, purchased at a cost of £350 in Lpndon, aud by means of which about 2000 feet of timber can bo dressed per day. The raw material is brought to the mills a diejtanco of a mile and a half, and tue mills are connected- with the. railway by a siding. The dust is carted to various farms. The firm Carry pu au extensive business in timber, tending dressed and building material from the mills, tK> the various railway centres. The Trondie.n> mills are driven by au 18 horsepower engine, and the plant embraces one .vertical saw, one flitch bench and one rip bench, and there is also a siding in connection with this establishment. The Palmerston flour-mills are m the hands of. the same firm, who supply nearly the whple of the flour consumed in the district The flour-mill and saw-mill are adjacent to one another, and therefore easily worked in conjunction. The former is abovit 60ft square and three storeys iv height. The plant consists of two pairs of stoves, Screw cooler, and the usual dressing apparatus; .The motive power consists of a 14-horse power engine. The grain store is a two-storey building, 20ft x 30ft. Messrs Richster, Naustead and Co. are quoting 4s to 4s 2d for wheat, and one of their principles of fbiwiness is th© manufacture of different Munpleß of flour, so that either fist or medium qualities, according to the dressing of 'the flour and quality of the wheat, may be had as required. It is now nine years Mo -since this energetic firm established their saw-mills, and four. years ago since they added to their business that of flourmilling. They employ something like fifty hands t besw§ en * he * w .° sawmills alone. The bush area yet remaining at Palmerston, and available for milliug purposes, is 600 acres, while that connected with the Trondgem mjlUrwaa originally 700 acres. Mr Nanstefd superintends the Palmer&ton business and J^£ichstertbatatTrondgein. 1, "Mr. Stratford has erected one of the best carriage factories on the coast, since his arrival from Marton. The factory is situated on the Rangitikei road, and, besides employing a number of hauda, Mr Stratford turned out a large amount or work of high style WMkqualfty. At the time of. my visit, he had\jußt completed the construction of a double buggy, mounted on elliptic springs and fcrimmedjn maroon morocco leather. It is neatly painted and silver mounted, and altogether a credit to the establishment, along with other vehicles of a similar pretension, which are regularly being turned out. MrWm. Cook, of Main, street, is gradually developing an increasing cooperage business, and has now on hand a quantity of machinery for the manufacture of butter, tallowy or beer casks, by means of which orders can be turned^out with great promptitude. The casks are 'made of native woods, properly seasoned, and are specially fitted together for the several purposes for .which they are required. ' "The large woodware factory carried on by Mr Venn is also a source of a considerable amount of labor, and embraces a business similar to that carried on by Messrs York and Cornfoot in Wanganui. The buildings erected in connection with the Palmerston industry, cover about an acre of ground, and in .connection with the factory Mr Venn has opened a large furniture show-room. The goods are of local manufacture, and the variety, of machinery employed in the workshop enables him to turn out the articles of furniture "substantially: and cheaply, . The plant includes planing, moulding, tenoning, steam, and hand ,mortising machines, two iron saw-hunches and machinery for ironwork. THe motive power is supplied by a six-horee-boiier enclosed in a brick building, and- .nothing is wanting to turn out work to meet ttie general requirements. Mr Woodroofe's cabinet warehouse is one of the best knpwn in Palmerston, but this gentleman confines his business mainly to the manufacture of general furniture, sashes, and doors. , The plant consists of an eighthorse power engine, ripping-bench, feet machine lathes; &c, and is capable of turning out a large amount of work. Palmerston has other important industries which. l shall notice on a future occasion, though all/ are not so busily employed as they were a short time ago.

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PALMERSTON INDUSTRIES., Wanganui Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 5061, 14 May 1883

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PALMERSTON INDUSTRIES. Wanganui Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 5061, 14 May 1883

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