Passion for Steel

DSK has come a long way for a company that started life in 1990 as a workshop in a shipping container, contracting engineering and maintenance services to food giant Heinz Watties.

As the company grew, DSK moved out of the shipping container and now a team of more than 65, including four apprentices, are housed in its purpose-built Hastings plant delivering a comprehensive range of engineering capability to industry.

As it was when we started, creativity and innovation remain at the heart of what we do. As a team we are all driven by constant improvement – finding more refined, efficient and responsive ways to service our clients’ changing needs.

From concept to manufacture, we are equally comfortable with small components as we are large, complex plant fit-outs. Our specialist knowledge of the wine, food processing and manufacturing industries has seen us work with many leading companies including ENZA, McCain Foods, Heinz Watties, Apollo Foods, Tow & Blow, Delegats and Craggy Range.

Why DSK?
DSK was named after the initials of its founders, Derek Strampel and Shane Kerrisk. While Derek exited the business in 1991, Shane has continued to operate under the DSK name, and is the company’s sole owner and managing director.

“I am proud of the way DSK is constantly evolving. We are always looking at new ways of solving industry’s problems and improving processes using innovative thinking combined with cutting-edge technology. We’re in the business of making our clients’ lives easier and making them look good.”

– Shane Kerrisk, Managing Director/Owner

Management Team

It takes extraordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Shane Kerrisk

Managing Director / Owner
027 4466 897

As owner and managing director of DSK, Shane oversees the day to day running of the company and works closely with clients to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget. Shane's vision for DSK is to constantly improve performance through investment in upskilling and new technology.

The most satisfying part of my role is working with the team on design solutions that solve clients’ problems and make their business more efficient.

Dave Couchman

Workshop Foreman
027 123 456

Dave has come from a sheet-metal background and as Workshop Manager, organises the day to day running of our busy workshop. He also acts as a technical adviser on key projects and one-off unique job designs.

Graeme Brandt

Operations Manager
027 230 0435

Graeme's role with DSK is to manage both the company’s raw materials and personnel. He is responsible for the inventory, purchasing and supplies for projects and oversees the Health and Safety within the company. Graeme is also responsible for HR, staff development and apprenticeship schemes, and enjoys seeing younger apprentices complete their trade qualification and develop as skilled tradesmen.

At DSK, I love having the duality of splitting my time between organisational and creative tasks.

Andrew Varco

Project Engineer
027 123 456

Andrew has come from a strong Engineering background and his role with DSK as Project Manager is to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of the specific projects he is working on. He enjoys working with staff and clients alike and does well to ensure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule.

James Douglas

Project Manager
027 659 2002

James joined DSK in 2004 and looks after a number of our site projects, seeing them through from pricing and tendering to completion. James represents DSK out in the field and helps the team interpret the job's designs to ensure the job is constructed according to the project plans and budget.

We have fantastic staff and working together, we can overcome large project challenges.

Hamish De La Haye

Purchasing Officer
027 290 0901

Hamish joined DSK recently, responsible for purchasing materials and consumables for projects and contracts. As well as purchasing, Hamish also implements and manages systems and processes, including the maintenance of the electronic inventory and invoicing system.

The best part of working at DSK is the people and I am enjoying being part of a great team in a role that I feel suits me well.

Richard Briggs

Project Manager
027 442 8609

Richard oversees the mechanical engineering and automation requirements for each of DSK’s projects. His role includes the daily operations of field work activities, the organisation of subcontractors and co-ordination of projects, particularly those involving conveyors and robotics.

John Ludlow

Machine Shop Manager
027 230 9254

John runs DSK’s machine shop and oversees the fabrication of standard, spare and customised components. He heads up a team of three machine operators using both manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control), multi-axis mills, and lathes.

Keith Butzbatch

Senior Engineering Designer
027 4040 128

Keith joined DSK in 2008. As head of the company’s CAD and SolidWorks 3D modelling services, Keith is responsible for turning ideas into working designs for finished manufactured products, and ensuring those products are manufactured as efficiently as possible.

The most satisfying part of my job is when projects are finished and exceed our customers’ expectations. It’s interesting work and I work with good people.

Corneliu Bodiu

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

Corneliu has been with DSK for more than 1 year now. As a Mechanical Draftsperson, he is more than adept at both Solidworks and AutoCAD. Corneliu works to build functional, secure and well-designed products and structures that meet our needs. He works with our Project Managers and clients, supplying detailed designs accompanied by engineering calculations, material requirements and technical drawings.

Tania Zachan

Office Manager
06 872 7171

For more than a decade Tania has kept the DSK office ticking over. Tania handles the accounts, banking and invoicing for the company as well as that very vital part of any business - payroll. Tania is also the friendly voice on the end of the phone when customers call DSK.

I enjoy the flexibility and variety of my role and the team is great.

DSK full service solutions

We are one of the largest and most experienced engineering companies in Hawke’s Bay. Our 2100m2 workshop includes facilities for small and large scale machining, sheet metal and heavy fabrication, and glass-bead blasting.

– Scope evaluation

Together with our clients, we scope every project to identify critical factors such as industry standards, timelines and budgets. DSK has dedicated and skilled project managers who oversee projects from start to finish, ensuring quality standards are met.

– Design

DSK’s team of experienced and specialist designers will take your idea and translate it into a functional piece of machinery, a process or a turnkey solution. We incorporate the very latest technology and automation into the design process to ensure accuracy and consistency in short and long product runs.

– Manufacturing & Installation

Our large workshop area has a flexible layout which gives us the ability to adapt to our clients’ requirements. An overhead crane and gantry allows us to manufacture large scale products and our workshop has the capacity to build whole lines and pre-commission them on site prior to installation.

– Ongoing support

At your place or ours, our team provides a comprehensive installation, maintenance and breakdown service, keeping your business in business 24/7.

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