He drove a motor scraper at age 15 and now drives a multi-million-dollar business.

Second Generation family owned and run business Goodman Contractors is in good hands. Located in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington, the earthmoving business has a turnover of around $45 million, employs some 210 staff and has machinery and plant assets in excess of $30 million.

Driver of the business is 48-year-old Stan Goodman, who took over as managing director from his father, Rick Goodman three years ago.

”It all started when I was a young boy playing at home in a sandpit with a toy bulldozer and trucks building make-believe roads,” he says.

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Goodmans have clearly been a major beneficiary from the Expressway works, and with the extension of it to Otaki now confirmed, they will continue to have the status of Waikanae’s biggest business.