|Tannery Tenant Talk|
An eclectic mix of tenants from various industries operate from this unique industrial park. Read why The Tannery is their business address of choice.Decking 4 Africa (NEW IN THE PARK - Unit 62B)
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Beetroot Inc. markets an affordable range of furniture, home ware, personal attire, novelties and corporate gifts to discerning clients that enjoy the lighter and brighter side of beautiful living.
This out-of-the-box South African company with its uniquely home-grown product range was established in 2013. After six successful sales exhibitions in the Pretoria and Johannesburg areas Beetroot extended its footprint nationally in 2014.
The company currently supplies selected products to three local retail chains. As a result of the increase in demand for Beetroot Inc. products, a second factory was opened in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria in early 2015. This expansion will allow the company to branch out into exports in due course. If the local reception of Beetroot Inc. products is anything to go by, foreign consumers are in for an equally pleasant surprise!BRANDINVENTORS
"The Tannery is an interesting, creative space in an odd sort of way. It felt like a good place from which to run my business and suited my pocket," says Brenton Watt, owner and manager of this retail, shopfitting, design and manufacturing business.
The space he occupies looks more like an art studio than a traditional industrial space. Watching his laser cutter create bespoke décor pieces and signage for retailers such as Corona, Stelle Artois, Budweiser, various jewellers, fast-food outlets and more is seeing art at work.
There seems to be no end to Brandinventors" creativity when it comes to working with steel, plastic or wood. They even consult on the shopfitting for KFC stores in the UK and have done furniture for Google"s offices.DELI DELIGHT
After leaving the corporate world of banking behind, Franco Alberts made a career change and started supplying restaurants with meat and cheeses from home. Five years ago he moved his business to The Tannery and services clients within a 200 km radius of the industrial park. Franco, supported by his wife Melanie on the administrative side, elaborates:
"We pride our family business on excellent customer service and long-term relationships. Some restaurants have been using Deli Delight for over 16 years – being at The Tannery has given us a good base to work from."LIBRA PRODUCTIONS
The head office of Libra, a sales and merchandising business, specialising in townships in South Africa and emerging markets on the African continent operate from The Tannery. Their service offers solutions to multinational clients who have a footprint in a highly profitable but not easily understood township market.
"Our business in a unique beast in the sense that, at any given point, it requires ample parking space, warehousing for promotional material, truck deliveries and meeting rooms for our teams’ daily activities. The Tannery caters for all these needs and continues to accommodate the business needs that expand with our scope of work. It is ideally located in relation to the proximity of some of the key township markets that we service." Jongamazizi Sibaca, Sales DirectorGEM MANUFACTURERS
If you have ever wondered how things are made, a visit to GEM will show you how almost anything is made. From plastic number-plate holders, geyser parts, telecommunication parts, DVD holders and water meter parts to the little metal gadgets used to open shoe-wax tins or canned food.
At the dawn of the millennium Louis Gindra, Phillip Timmerman and Cornie van der Bijl started GEM Manufacturers, which has grown from small beginnings to a staff complement of 100. The machines work to full capacity to keep up with the demand from the various industries they serve.
"The business was initially situated outside The Tannery in the Silverton area. The premium we place on having secure premises made us move to the park," says Cornie van der Bijl, Director at GEM.