About Texco

About Texco Group

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A collection of companies offering everything from earthmoving and drainage, to soil remediation, foundation piling and well drilling.

Townshend Excavating Ltd was formed in 1980 by J & P Townshend. From the original rubber tyred Poclain Excavator, the business has expanded to include a number of companies, a wide range of equipment and an immense staff skill base.

With a modern, well equipped and versatile fleet the companies jointly have the capacity to offer more in-house solutions to a builder or an engineer than anyone else in the local Canterbury industry. Texco is proud of their staff's length of service, meaning clients are guaranteed familiar faces and a stable, experienced workforce.

Meet the Team

John Townshend
Owner Director

John and Penny Townshend started Texco in 1980 with one employee and one rubber tyred Poclain Excavator.

Over the next 40 years, the business expanded to include a number of companies, a wide range of equipment and an immense staff skill base.

John's values have centred on keeping machines well maintained, investing in staff training and keeping his word. He remains as a Director within the Texco Advisory Group.

Nic McPherson
General Manager, Texco Excavating Ltd

Nic joined Texco Excavating Ltd in 2010 as an experienced digger operator, after time spent working in New Zealand and Australia. Nic then advanced into a contracts management role with the business, specialising in commercial, industrial and education sector civil construction projects. Over the last two years, Nic has stepped up again into the General Manager role for Texco Excavating Ltd. Nic's knowledge from the ground up means he has a very strong practical understanding of project risks and opportunities, along with excellent financial, organisational and problem-solving skills. Nic has a strong commitment to Texco's shareholders, workers and clients alike, and shows this through his high work ethic and his quality focus.

Alex Baldwin
General Manager, Texco Drilling and Piling Ltd

Alex is experienced in a range of drilling and piling techniques across a range of ground conditions throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

He utilities his technical background to achieve optimized piling solutions through the design and build process, often working alongside a variety of geotechnical and structural engineers to develop innovative solutions to challenging ground issues. Alex holds a BSc (Hons) Geology and an MSc Applied Environmental Geology.

Leah Millthorpe
Administration Manager for Texco Group

Leah joined Texco in 1988 and celebrated her 31st year of employment last year.

While Leah has been employed with Texco she has gained both a Diploma in Accounting Level 5 and a Diploma in Business Level 6. This has provided Leah with a broad and dynamic discipline, ensuring both financial and managerial decisions are handled competently and professionally.

"Whilst we are guided by our Safety and Quality Management Systems, we still believe in the integrity of a handshake."