Our Premises

All the work rooms in the factory are climate controlled for the protection of our work, particularly historic organs and also the working comfort of our staff.

Our Premises

SIOC's present 14,000 square foot purpose-built factory (our 3rd) is placed on an acre of land in the Washdyke Industrial park and was specially designed and built for the company in 1985 and has been regularly upgraded.

It comprises an entrance porch with a flagpole proudly flying the New Zealand flag, a foyer housing a photo gallery of all our significant instruments, two administration offices, a workshop with workbenches and tables for twelve craftsmen, a storeroom for small parts, a machine shop with a full complement of high-quality woodworking machines that would satisfy any commercial joinery or cabinetmaking enterprise.

At the rear is an assembly shop with a double height ceiling and two adjacent mezzanine work and storage galleries, a sliding hoist and loading dock, a drawing office and a library housing our extensive collections of books, periodicals, drawings, photos and memorabilia, lunch and recreation room, toilets, gluing room, and large voicing room with a five slider, two pressure mechanical-action voicing machine and ample pipe-storage bins.

Behind the factory are eight large double storage garages for timber, dismantled organs and company vehicles, an extractor shed and dangerous goods bunker, and a new fully compliant shipping container devanning area. In 2017 we built a new 3,875 square foot shed which is used for storage and for working on oversized projects.

All the workrooms in the factory are climate controlled for the protection of our work, particularly historic organs and also the working comfort of our staff. An under-floor ducted extraction system keeps dust at bay and an overhead compressed air system allows the use of air tools throughout the factory.

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More than a Pipe Dream

More Than a Pipe Dream pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. In these pages you find the story of how this unique company first came to be formed. An impressive amount of detail will be unveiled of its development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

This book is the work of multi-award-winning writer Jill Worrall.

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