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    Masterton is a town on the move

    MASTERTON is on the move – if not literally then certainly in a business sense. It could be just the advent of summer – blue skies always make things seem better – but to disprove that and to confirm that the town is pushing ahead we sent reporters JOE DAWSON and MARLENE DITCHFIELD on an out-and-about assignment.
    PROPERTY developer Dave Borman says building on the outskirts of Masterton is busier than ever before, reminiscent of what happened not that long ago in Martinborough and Greytown.

    "Our building side is as busy as we've ever been. There's no sign of a downturn and no sign of one in the future.

    "We have got work two years out"
    Mr Borman said his company has more work gangs on Masterton's periphery than ever before, and interest in inner Masterton is on the increase as well.

    "There is strong interest in Queen Street, in the retail sector. A lot of businesses are moving to Wairarapa and looking for premises."

    "We're getting enquiries every week from people looking to move to Wairarapa … there is a lot happening behind the scenes."

    One of DR Borman Ltd's largest developments is the industrial complex at Edwin Feist Place, Solway, named after one of Masterton's early mayors. It's not finished, but half the sections are sold, and interest in the remaining half is strong.

    Among those about to move there is Ken Beer is setting up a container storage company at a new industrial site. He has room for about 80 containers, which will be leased to companies for $29 a week. Users will get a swipe card that will allow them unfettered access to their stored gear, secure fencing and camera surveillance.

    Just now Mr Beer is planning to have 20-foot long containers, but has plans for 10 and 40-foot containers also, so people with more or less stuff to store can use the facility.

    Another new addition to Edwin Feist Place is Powerpac, a company specialising in surface preparation equipment for plastering and texturing.

    The business is family run and was established in the 1970s in Wellington but relocated to Wairarapa a couple of years ago.

    The business was taken over by the originator's sons this year, and moved to the swish new premises in August.

    Director Miles Suckling said when they first came to Masterton it was very difficult to find quality industrial land or buildings to suit their businesses needs, but that was changing.

    Also shifting into Edwin Feist Place early in the New Year will be Lloyd Wilson, owner of Magoos Street Rods, a company specialising in building and restoring classic cars and hot rods.

    The business was set up about three years ago but has out grown its Upper Plain property, and is now said to be the biggest of its kind outside of the United States.

    Magoos Street Rods is working on cars for clients from Auckland, Taupo, Palmerston North, Wanganui and Nelson, as well as importing parts from the US, which they distribute here and to other overseas countries.

    Mr Wilson said he is committed to Masterton and sees it as a good place to do business.

    Property Brokers agent Gary Stewart, who is marketing Edwin Feist Place said there are 20 lots, half of which have sold.

    He said Masterton people can expect to see new buildings popping up there during the next year being either houses established businesses in new purpose built facilities, or companies coming in from outside the district.

    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx