The Hopkins Concrete Bridgwater team were asked by Devon contractors to do a pour for the famous Thatchers Cider brewery in Somerset – but it was more than just a pint that our chaps had to deal with…
How to pour the perfect pint… of concrete?
The Thatcher family have been making cider for over 100 years, from Myrtle farm in Somerset, with the original recipe dating back to 1904. Much like Thatchers, run by father and son, John and Martin Thatcher, Hopkins Concrete is another Somerset, family-run business which has been in operation for over 40 years.
In 2014, Bill and Nathan Hopkins, father-son team, invested 2.5 million in the new Bridgwater concrete plant, which boast an Erie Strayer bowl. The plant made the gigantic concrete order of 400m³ look like child’s play, mixing 8m³ of concrete every 30 seconds.
The Hopkins Wincanton plant has the only other Erie Strayer bowl mixer in the South West and the production level of the two plants challenges the output of other top concrete companies in the UK.
Using both 8m³ Mercedes Arocs and 11m³ Artics the target 36m³ per hour was comfortably achieved allowing the contractor time to place and finish the concrete.
Thatchers may be able to pour the perfect pint of cider, but when it comes to pouring concrete Hopkins have got this covered.