Berrigan's Cottam Engineering has closed it doors after providing a service to the community for 36 years.July 2, 2014 3:02am
Andrew Williams and Joe and Carol Cottam, with the famed Riverina Screamer tractor, closed Cottom Engineering this week.
After 36 years of running his own engineering company, Cottam Engineering in Berrigan, Joe Cottam has closed the doors to the business on Monday.
Cottam Engineering manufactured and repaired components for agricultural, earth moving and mining industries.
The business specialised in gear cutting, and the design and manufacture of gearboxes and gearbox overhauls.
Mr Cottam won’t put the tools down in his retirement. He plans to build a 3000 horsepower engine for his beloved ‘Riverina Screamer’ tractor.
‘‘There’s always room for improvement,’’ he said.
‘‘I’d like to thank my wife, Carol, and all the staff for their hard work over the years, as well as the whole community for their support.’’
Cottom Engineering originally started where Woody Motors is now, and moved to a site on Corcoran St.
Cottam Engineering put many apprentices through their trade with 90 per cent of them still at it, including Andrew Williams and Daniel Valente.
Mr Cottam was the Berrigan Shire’s Citizen of the Year in 2010, which he said was a great honour.
He has a special interest in engines such as those in his 2200 horsepower ‘Riverina Screamer’.
An Apex life member, Mr Cottam and Riverina Screamer have been a big hit at Finley’s annual tractor pull for more than a decade.
Riverina Screamer, built from scratch, is powered by a V12 Rolls Royce engine.
Mr Cottam’s love of farm machinery and his involvement in the extreme sport of tractor pulling led him to being crowned the Australian Tractor Pull Association’s national champion for six years in a row.
Consequently, he has been announced as an ATPA life member.
‘‘The race is always on to find more horsepower and be more competitive,’’ Mr Cottam said.
An appreciation dinner for the Cottoms will be held at the Berrigan Memorial Hall on August 23.
The Country Fire Authority has issued an emergency warning for a fast moving, out-of-control grassfire near Tongala.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
The 2015 Moama RSL indoor bias bowls season starts next week.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.