Founded by the Higgins family 40 years ago, Higgins Concrete developed from the family's drive to add value to their existing contracting and aggregates businesses.
Today, Higgins Concrete is still owned by the Higgins family. We have a team of 80+ team members and provide concrete for our clients across the lower North Island and in Nelson via seven plants, one mobile concrete plant and 50 concrete trucks.
In the mid 1970's Higgins Contractors was growing rapidly and using enormous quantities of concrete for subdivision and construction contracts. Also at this time their Higgins Aggregates business had developed to a stage where there was surplus capacity available to produce aggregate suitable for concrete mix. So in 1976 Higgins Concrete was established. Within six months of setting up it was not only supplying all the concrete used by Higgins Contractors, but also supplying to other businesses.
The history of the Higgins business begins with Dan Higgins. Like all true pioneers, Dan Higgins arrival from Ireland in 1926 was based on a plan to find his own slice of land in New Zealand and start farming. He initially found employment on others' farms but the depression put a dent in any thoughts of owning his own. With shovel in hand, Dan took on any work he could and eventually found employment with British Pavements. Excelling in roading and drain-laying, he took these skills to Palmerston North. It was the mid-'50s when Dan set up his own drainage and road repair business in loose partnership with others. In 1958 eldest son Pat joined Dan in the business ....and Higgins was born.
Over time, Higgins became more of a family affair as sons Michael and Bernard joined during the '60s and '70s. These two decades were a time of rapid expansion as Higgins grew into the areas of civil construction, the manufacture and supply of aggregates, concrete and bitumen. In addition, Higgins developed expertise in pavement construction, spray sealing, asphalt paving, drainage, traffic management, road marking and road maintenance. Over the last 50 years Higgins has been at the forefront of building New Zealand's infrastructure and is now one of the leading roading civil and road construction companies in the country.