Rutherford, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Hudaco Trading, has relocated its Johannesburg headquarters to stunning new premises in City Deep. ‘Due to continued support from our broad customer base, we have outgrown the premises that we have occupied for several decades,’ says Martin Peterson, Rutherford CEO.
The new facility has been refurbished to suit the specific needs of the four divisions, each one a leader in its category. The move was carefully orchestrated and was seamlessly executed over the December period, minimising the disruption to our customers. Martin adds, ‘Our staff compliment worked together as one awesome team, to complete the move.’
After importing Makita products since the 1960’s, Rutherford was appointed sole distributor of the Makita brand in southern Africa in 1985 and today, through focused marketing, continuous innovation and world class after sales support, Makita has become a brand leader in the region. The new premises host the Johannesburg state-of-the art training facility, dedicated to educating South African operators on the safe use of Makita Industrial Power Tools, and their latest new addition of the Makita MT Standard Duty Industrial range. The impressive showroom filled with product on display has been incorporate into the reception and counter sales area.
Established in 1998, its Marine division has sole distribution rights for the Mercury range of outboard engines and MerCruiser inboards, along with an extensive range of related accessories. Rutherford’s new premises have been customised to include a state-of-the-art workshop, training facility, a test tank and installation bays for its boat programme – all of which will add value to our existing and developing dealer network.
Its V.I. Instruments division is the supplier of the Topcon, South, Geomax and Ruide brands of surveying equipment, which include Levels, Total Stations, Global Positioning and Machine Control Systems. V.I. Instruments is also the exclusive importer of the world-renowned Troxler nuclear density gauges and has earned the distinction of being market leader in compaction measurements for road construction.
Rutherford’s fourth division is FTS Fasteners and Fixings, one of the largest importers of blind rivets in southern African, offering not only an extensive range of quality rivets and riveting tools as well as a host of industrial fasteners and related engineering consumables.
The company’s contact numbers have fortunately remained the same and Rutherford remains committed to providing its customers, quality innovative products and exceptional customer service.