1989 – First Padman watertight rubber flap door

Whilst working on the family dairy farm, John continually battled flood irrigation gates that leaked with difficult manual operation and knew there must be a better way.


With the shed set up and time dedicated to product development, the ‘Padman Stop’ was born.


The original ‘Padman Stop’ was a precast concrete structure with a hinged door and rubber flap to seal it, and make the outlet completely watertight.


More products followed this initial success, and the rest, as they say, is history.